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THEE: Tell me, as an astronomy chap, any comments on Pluto's sorry fate? ME: I think we should leave it as the 11th planet (base 8). ME: Thanks for the recent cd mailings. DDVI had at least three moments of true genius: Ring Worm, Good Ole Country Music, and Blue Jay Way. Not counting Maria Galvany, of course. Joanne O'Connell on Arthur Godfrey was superb. She's nowhere in my record collection, though. Joel Whitburn has California Sun by the Rivieras released on Feb 1 1964, making the claim they were kept from No. 1 by the Beatles quite plausible. They got to No. 5 anyhow. I don't recall any song called California Sun. This was your second dip into the Mark Hamill Muppet Show for me. I had you on the lookout for it for something like 8 years for Scooter's transcendent "Six-string Orchestra" song. Couldn't find that thumbing through my bound notes to the DChron series. Get me the original computer files. That's no longer a friendly request. I chose "A Piece of Pie" for my first Damon Runyon Theater listen since it was one of my favorites. I smiled or laughed throughout the whole thing. And that's in spite of them stonewalling the funniest line. In the rundown of rules of the eating contest between Hilda Slocum and Joe Duffle: "The decision is to be strictly on the amount of food consumed, and the judges are to take account of anything left on the plates after a course, but not of loose chewings on bosom or vest up to an ounce." It's funnier in the context of the whole list of rules. I was surprised to find a passage that definitely had its origins in O. Henry - coincidentally, the story I recorded for last year's holiday season, Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen. "Then Nicely- Nicely gives the first cheer in person, but the effort overtaxes his strength, and he falls off the chair in a faint just as Joel Duffle collapses under the table, and the doctors at the Clinic Hospital are greatly baffled to receive, from the same address at the same time, one patient who is suffering from undernourishment, and another patient who is unconscious from overeating." There are 7 stories in the radio series which I've never read. I had recently read a review of Mojo's "The Beatles - 10 years that shook the world" in the latest Beatlfan (you gave me). I picked up a copy at Spence's auction on Friday. In what I've read so far, there's some good, new information. It starts off with a picture of Raymond Jones. I didn't pick up the copy of Bill Adler's "Love Letters To The Mets" (1965). I see what you mean when you say he was a trendy sorta guy. I went to the Renaissance Festival on Sunday. Had a great time. This year marks their 30th anniversary (or 30th production?) I'm pretty sure I hit their 2nd or 3rd one, in 1978, in Columbia. For some reason, I can't put my finger on my hanging folder of Renaissance Festival programs. I do know I lost one somewhere along the way, which bugs me. ME: o runyon Had to mention a funny discovery in the first episode of the Damon Runyon Theater I chose to listen to from the complete run that Hself sent me. It was "A Piece Of Pie", which I remember as one of his funniest stories. There was this passage: "Then Nicely-Nicely gives the first cheer in person, but the effort overtaxes his strength, and he falls off the chair in a faint just as Joel Duffle collapses under the table, and the doctors at the Clinic Hospital are greatly baffled to receive, from the same address at the same time, one patient who is suffering from undernourishment, and another patient who is unconscious from overeating." That scene surely had it's origin in O. Henry's "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen", the story I recorded for last year's holiday season. I went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival on Sunday with Mizan. Highlights were too numerous to list, but Dame Mizan said for her it was being knighted by the King. Her good deed was "helping a kid to learn multiplication." >It has a built in tapeplayer and CD player, but won't record. Shucks. ME: Thanks a lot for the clips. I've been to the Arbutus record show at least 3 or 4 times. One visit in particular had a big impact on my life. I bought 2 operas, The Magic Flute (Mozart) and Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni), simply because I wanted to hear the original versions of some pieces of music that had been arranged for guitar. Both operas totally knocked me out, and that in spite of them being different styles of music, from different countries and different centuries. And that was the start of my opera kick. I agree that Posamentier meant the hundreds place, but keep in mind the difference between slips and being wrong about something. His brain might have been on the next paragraph when he typed that. Or maybe somebody else goofed it up for him. I could write a two-volume set by now called "This Is What I Wrote... This Is What They Printed!" If you do write him about it, see if he can figure out the date of the 4th Sunday in June, 2006. [On an invitation, my sister had provided a date that didn't match the day of the event.] What he meant when he said "many" two-digit numbers obey that trick for multiplying by 11 was, it always works whenever the two digits add up to a single digit number. If the two digits add up to something in the "teens" (all the numbers from 10-19) then you have to add the 1 into the hundreds place. I wish him the best of luck with his "wow" approach to math. To be honest, though, he and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum. What I try to get across is the amazing power you have in math with just a few simple, basic concepts. For instance, I try to break down the distinction between addition and subtraction in a student's head. Subtraction is nothing new. When you see 11-7, you'd better not be counting back from 11, you'd better be hearing yourself saying, 7 plus what gets me up to 11? Same thing with multiplication and division. When J~~ was telling about his students who get stuck on 56 divided by 8, I didn't manage to get in, when I do division with kids, I don't even give them the problem. I just say, "56. *You* give *me* the problem, and answer." What else can it be? A firm grip on addition, multiplication and algebra would put somebody up in the 98th percentile of math skills. And algebra is nothing more than "whatever you do to one side of the equation, you do to the other side", or, what I call, WYDTOSOTEYDTTOS (wydtos, for short). I bought a book so I can help kids with SAT prep. I was amazed to find there is not a single thing in the math part of the SAT that I didn't learn by 7th grade. I have a student now that is having trouble passing the math part of the PRAXIS exam to become a teacher. Again, there is not one single thing in the math part of PRAXIS I didn't learn by 7th grade. In fact, I learned a lot in 7th grade, such as factoring polynomials, which does not appear on the SAT or PRAXIS. The writer's "trick" of seeing if a number is a multiple of 3 by recognizing the sum of the digits is a multiple of 3 is so useful in simplifying expressions that I hardly think of it as a trick. I think I learned that in 3rd grade. But putting things in perspective, obviously people can live full, happy, productive lives with little or no math skills. It's not like, just because everything is either words or numbers, they have equal importance. But I claim that math skills open up good career opportunities fantastically out of line with their importance in everyday life. Here's how I try to "elicit" Posementier's "wow" reaction. I tell my students, I have a niece who studied math, became an accountant, and will be a millionaire before you can blink an eye. THEE: Re: pardon my french >Also good news today, the coordinator of the adult literacycenter finally got me a number for a young man I was hoping to have a chance to help. He's been described as a "real trip". The director says he's excited about getting another tutor. What's got me charged up is, its eems there's a good likelihood of a job for him at a restaurant in his area if we can get him comfortable reading the menu. Good deal. He'll have a definite goal to achieve. Keep me posted on his progress. For Tuesday, my Reading II students have a little writing assignment. They're to think about all the times they read during the day--not just sitting down to read a magazine, newspaper, or book (cuz they don't do a lot of that unfortunately) but all the times they find themselves reading ANYTHING. I didn't provide hints, but they all drive to school, for instance, and most of them spend time on the Internet. Then they're to talk about how their lives would be different if they couldn't read at all or if they maybe read first or second grade level. >After despairing forever about finding a good phonograph turntable, I finally got just the thing from Amazon. I'm a kid with a new toy, going through my record collection and turning all my records into cds in the process. Actually, my tests show that mp3 and wav sound identical to me, so I'm going with mp3, and that lets me put about 16 or 18 albums on one cd. I've discovered the benefits of doing this go beyond simpleminded compactness. I figure about 8 decades should do it. Hey, that would be marvelous. I don't have all that many records anymore because I haven't had a working turntable in years and finally ditched a lot of the records. But we do have a fair number that I couldn't part with. I found a turntable a while back, which I mainly wanted to play 78s. Unfortunately, it has no output connections and can't be connected to a computer. It has a built in tapeplayer and CD player, but won't record. Shucks. >And today I received from my friend Hself a cd that has 24 hours worth of the Damon Runyon Theater radio program (1949) on it. Time's a problem, nec pas? 24 hours on one CD. That's amazing. Damon Runyon Theater should be fun! And that's n'est-ce pas? Speaking of languages, I sent D~~ the German dog song yesterday. Made her day. Made mine, too, since she was able to explain all those contractions that made no sense to me although I could make out many of the full words. I still haven't asked her if real Germans would write those contractions or if it's more just a matter of the way they would say them. Btw, all our Internet classes have more female than male students. Most are 19 to 20-year-olds. THEE: Kumon and alternatives Donald, I read your web site and your conflict with Kumon headquarters and found it to be very enlightening. It's sad that they couldn't appreciate your suggestions to improve their curriculum. My kids have been attending Kumon since June and so far its been beneficial simply because they had not mastered their math facts. Kumon was a ready-made external way to get them to learn it. For now we are benefiting from it and it's better than nothing. In College Station, Tex, Kumon and Sylvan are the only alternatives for supplementing and enriching my children's education. My children are 9 and 11 and I want to help them to appreciate Math and develop a thorough understanding of it. My son recently started getting frustrated when facing harder worksheets which prompted me to search for ways to help him so he doesn't develop an anxiety with it. Would you mind sharing your opinion on what resources/facilities you do recommend? Any online alternatives that do a better job than Kumon or Sylvan? Recommended workbooks? Do you think finding a private tutor with a committment to the child's development a better way to go? I haven't explored this option as I suspect it will be more expensive than Kumon and Sylvan. ME: You ask a very good, and very difficult, question. One would think by now that some very good math minds have gotten together and put together the near-perfect curriculum leading any student from the very beginning all the way through math. How hard could that be? If the developers don't get it right on the first shot, they observe where the students have trouble, and modify those sections until students can get through them easily. Perhaps such programs are out there, but wading through the choices is simply overwhelming. Just type "math worksheets" into google to see what I mean. One thing I've looked into and like are the Math League contests. The Math League runs annual contests for the different grades. Then they publish the contests in books which can be purchased from their site. (Just search on "math league".) Don't let the word "contest" confuse matters. The material is basic and worthwhile, not what I call mathematical gymnastics (until you get to the high school contests, which I don't like.) The books give complete solutions to all the problems. The problems mostly all involve words. In general, they look and feel nothing like Kumon. Although the contests for each grade level are a little more difficult than the ones for the previous grade, they were not designed as a self-contained, self study program,of course. But the contests give an excellent idea of what a solid student at each grade level should be able to handle easily. So you might try one book of contests for 4th through 6th grade for a start. If you do, let me suggest a Kumon-like approach. Don't worry so much about time, but remove the solution and answer pages so your children are forced to come to you to see how they scored. See if they can fix their mistakes on their own, and when that fails, let them look at the solutions. Hope this helps a little. If *you* ever stumble on the perfect math program, let me know, ok? THEE: There's a photo of Raymond Jones!? THEE: The Renaissance Festival sounds like fun. We have one about an hour from here in Muskogee . . . at the castle. I've never been. It started after our kids were pretty well grown, and they never had much interest. Norman, where OU is located, also has one. The kids went, but I never got there either. The son of a friend of mine used to go in his kilt and with his bagpipes. Bet he was the only black piper around. THEE: Subject: Disqualified . . . or Giggles OK, I belatedly have gotten through about half of your latest CD. And, I'll have you know, I've never peeked at the wrapper because I follow instructions. I remember Tubby the Tuba oh so well and enjoyed all the Golden Slumbers variations. Somehow that laugh-track sounded vaguely familiar. You had to be there. Gosh, I see that the Saturday night feature [at the Buster Keaton festival] is Keaton's College. I could make the drive Thursday after work and be there for the beginning of the festival . . . but I don't relish driving those remote roads alone on Friday and Saturday night. Those critters on the road can be pretty dangerous. No kidding. A couple of years after I left Pittsburg State University, a former colleague, who was head of composition there, hit a horse on the road about 2:00 in the morning when returning from a conference. He died instantly. My guess is that the horse died pretty quickly, too. ME: I'm taking it easy tonight while we get dumped on by Ernesto. I got some disappointing news yesterday. It happens that the man I was hoping to help learn to read the menu so he could get a better job at the restaurant quit his current job there. He thought his boss was being unreasonable about not letting him take time off for a couple of things which, according to the coordinator at the literacy center hardly justified missing work for. So I won't pursue working with V~~, which I viewed as kind of a short term side project. I put up the web page about Caesar Rodney's ride. I had second thoughts about doing it because there's really very little of me in it, and I feel like that's the purpose of a personal web site. But I figured what the heck, a few people might find it vaguely fun and interesting. The story was not on the web until now, and I do have other pages that involve wholesale copying (the way to do history!) Feel free to put it on the deep back burner. http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/rodney.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/caesar-rodney.htm ] A singer invited me to her web site. It's kind of funny. I thought you might get more out of it with your high speed connection. She wrote: >You have such an impressive selection of classical music, I thought you might like to check out my website for a bit of *comic relief*. > http://www.orrielsmith.com >Cluckingly yours, >Orriel I said there were too many Renaissance Festival highlights to mention, but this was probably my favorite. Mizan and I had seen tons of amazing magic and sword swallowing and feats of derring- do. When we came to a stage with a group of madrigal singers I thought I would have to use a little coaxing to stop for a few songs. But Mizan herself said, "Let's go in." Fine with me! Now madrigal singers don't draw the same crowds as the crazy guys, so there were *lots* of free spots on the benches. And it's sort of like church, where nobody wants to sit way up front. But Mizan walked right down to the front and plunked herself down a little left of center. Well, a foot and a half from the stage was a little close for me, so I took the second row, center. The singers were in the middle of a song, and it was obvious they got a kick out of a little kid making herself right at home like that. I know it had to make their day, with Mizan swaying and clapping along to all their songs. They ended up by getting some kids and grown-up kids (e.g. me) from the audience for their last piece. We kept circling around and through an arch made by two of the singers, and whoever was the last to pass through got caught, and his head "chopped off" (imaginarily). That's how Mizan got her head chopped off. And then they gave her a Renaissance Reveler's cassette, figuring, I guess, that nobody buys cassettes anymore. (I've already turned it into a cd.) And I had a pen in my pocket so I suggested that Mizan get a few autographs on the cassette card. Of course, they were quite delighted by that, too. Anyhow, the point is, I know how much musicians like to feel they were appreciated, and I'm sure Mizan made their day. Along those same, lines, we stopped by a guitar/fiddle duo playing Irish music, and Mizan tried some Irish jigging, at least it looked quite authentic to me. The musicians got a kick out of that. And at another consort we stopped to hear, the harper invited Mizan to have a few zings on his instrument. >Somehow that laugh-track on your cd post card [an audience watching a Buster Keaton film] sounded vaguely familiar. You had to be there. Not to laugh along with it. Something infectious about laughs. My guitar friend got a copy of the cd post card. She said she tried to imagine the scenes causing the laughter. You told me once. Something to do with scooting around in the water, or popping up out of it. Just learned a little more about geography out your way by looking up Iola on my road atlas. The Kansas page conveniently lets the part of Okla. with Tulsa survive. By the way, what do you all call yourselves, "Centrallers"? "Middlers"? "Tweeners"? >Remember my John H. Curran E-Mail? What a wacky wife! What crazy connections you turn up! I'll try to keep my eye out for Patience Worth books at the auction. The local freebie paper printed a letter of mine this week. It's one of my usual fly-off-the-handle rants about schools - don't ask me what gets into me. I know there's a missing transition between the 1st and 2nd sentence in paragraph 2, but I gave up and figured the reader could wrestle with it if he wanted. >By the way, that letter to Kennedy reminded me of something one of my students wrote. Picking up on your comment about being a slow reader but missing your point ("If there were a contest to see who reads a story the fastest, I'd lose by a country mile - but so what? It takes me longer, but I cover more territory."), one of my students once wrote that she identified with you because she's a slow reader, too. Now you go back and give that kid an A+ for his perception. (I'm throwing in the towel on multi-genderism; it's back to "the pronoun that feels best to the writer" for me.) Funny to see myself quoted. It started sounding familiar about 2/3 of the way through. Of course, it still applies to everything I read, but what jumped to mind when you wrote that was a funny article I had just read in Mark Twain's Library of Humor. It was called "John Phoenix Renders The Editor Of The San Diego Herald An Account Of His Stewardship" by George H. Derby (a.k.a. John Phoenix). I laughed my head off, not even having any idea of the background for what was going on. For example, "...and I now close the series with an entirely literary number, in which I have carefully abstained from the mention of Baldo and Wigler--I mean Wagler and Bildo; no, never mind--as Toodles says, I haven't mentioned *any of 'em*..." So I went to the web - and the background to this article is *hilarious* - not to mention, I learned amazing things like southern California trying to form its own state with the Sandwich Islands, etc. (Waldo and Bigler were candidates for Cal. governor.) In a nutshell, the article describes the return of the regular editor of the San Diego Herald, Judge Ames, after trusting the editorship for a few weeks to John Phoenix in his absence. And Phoenix completely flipflopped the political stance of the paper! In this final editorial he describes the "interview between the editor and Phoenix" - a hilarious brawl, actually. Phoenix apparently had quite a knack for words; he could listen to a sermon and later quote it word for word. Don't view these as reading assignments, but here are the links to this good stuff: Whoops. It looks like Twain's Library of Humor isn't on the web. I thought it was. Kind of kicks the stuffins out of picking through this chapter of San Diego history: http://www.sandiegohistory.org/books/smythe/2-13.htm If you do, search on the word "combat". THEE: RE: request to copy william p. frank chapter The Del American Bicent Commission became the Delaware Heritage Commission and yes we do hold the copyright. I think it would be fine to create the information for the web. ME: Here's how my web page on Caesar Rodney/Katharine Pyle/William Franks turned out. I think a few people might find it interesting, and the Katharine Pyle version was nowhere on the web. Thanks again for your help. THEE: I just received the music three minutes ago. I opened the package and I saw that wonderfull music by Carulli inside! I am so happy now!!! I will be keeping informed about ths project. This is a wonderful material and you have been so kind! I saw some corrections you suggest in scores, one more valuable point!. Muchas gracias! Thank you, Grazie mille!! THEE: I have a copy of the grimm's fairy tales that matches the description exactly of the one you have. do you know anything of its worth? Do you know the publish date? Can you send me all the info you have on it? ME: I really don't know any more about it than what I wrote in the web page. I hate when books (or records) don't show years! I guess the thing to do is keep a running search for it on ebay. THEE: >>Somehow that laugh-track sounded vaguely familiar. You had to be there. >Something to do with scooting around in the water, or popping up out of it. Yeah, they man and woman were on a boat. Everything was going wrong and it was flooding. I don't recall if they were having trouble getting a romance started or if there had been a fight between them, but this sort of started everything on the right path in a very crazy way. >Just learned a little more about geography out your way by looking up Iola on my road atlas. The Kansas page conveniently lets the part of Okla. with Tulsa survive. If you want my two cents, go for it. By the way, what do you all call yourselves, "Centrallers"? "Middlers"? "Tweeners"? The way I look at it, I've always been a Midwesterner, but that's debatable. Some people lump Oklahoma with Texas and Texas with the Southwest. Personally, I think "Tweeners" is better because Oklahoma doesn't have the Mexican heritage of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. I guess we're one of a kind--just Okies. >The local freebie paper printed a letter of mine this week.It's one of my usual fly-off-the-handle rants about schools - don't ask me what gets into me. So you're a published author yet again. Always fun. Must be in the genes to voice those opinions. >Whoops. It looks like Twain's Library of Humor isn't on the web. I thought it was. Kind of kicks the stuffins out of picking through this chapter of San Diego history: > http://www.sandiegohistory.org/books/smythe/2-13.htm >If you do, search on the word "combat". Wow! That's what history oughta be! Terrific find! THEE: We'll say a prayer as we head back into New York for our trip home for those who sadly lost their lives five- years-ago during the attacks on the World Trade Center; the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. (we change planes there) as well as those who perished on the three aircraft involved. If only we had all the money wasted in Iraq--billions per month--to make our borders safer, our ports safer and lives better for our American poor, elderly, infirm or ailing. Perhaps a nice increase in the minimum wage for so many hard-working folks who can barely make ends meet? Our hearts go out to these Americans. Would also be ecstatic to see some of those billions go to free pet neutering and no-kill shelters. And, finally, speaking of animals, big prayers for the family of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter and Aussie T.V. personality/performer who was killed yesterday by a Sting Ray while diving. At least he was doing what he loved--adventure with creatures. ME: Thanks again for your help with the liability insurance. Your agent didn't return my call, but at the same time I had luck with a State Farm agent here in Dover. It was about the same price as yours. I eventually got quotes from two other agents - one for $650 and one for $800. Whether those were based on a misunderstanding of what I plan to do, or were simply attempts to rob me, I don't know. THEE: Subject: Are you the guy? Don, Did you used to work for the Southwestern Company for a man named Jim Calder? If so, how can I get in touch with you? ME: Hi Jerry, Nope, not me. Good luck! Donald THEE: Subject: Vote for Oklahoma Quarter Design Interested in shaping numismatic history? If the link doesn't hold up after all the forwarding, you know how to get to it. Frankly, I think some of the designs are hideous. >The oil and natural gas industry has a unique opportunity to be recognized nationwide for all it has given to the State of Oklahoma. Gov. Henry is asking the public to vote on the design of the Oklahoma state quarter, and the industry is featured in a few of the design options. >Below is a link to a Web site, where you can vote every 24 hours for your favorite designs. You can vote for multiple designs. >http://www.gov.ok.gov/coin2.php ME: Thanks, I'm still chuckling! Can't stop, actually. $ $ $ $ \ | | / == |/\| ---- |/\| ---- |/\| ---- |/\| ---- |/\/\| ugh ------ / |/\/\| o0 ------  |/\/\| /\ 2008 THEE: Wednesday is tooth day. I'm gritting mine until then . . . and taking Wednesday and Thursday off. A colleague will fill in for me because I'm not a believer in canceling class although I'm sure my students wouldn't mind. THEE: Subject: elvis record I enjoyed your instructions on fixing a record skip. I have a first Elvis recording of That's All Right worth $1000 and it skips right at the end. Under magnification, it looks like a deep gouge rather than a scratch (maybe a little bigger than a pin head. How can this be fixed? . . would a little epoxy filler work or something?..Are there expertas who repair these rare records? ME: Did you give my method a try? Based on your description, it sounds like it might work. I've also wondered about filling in gouged vinyl and reforming the grooves over a small section, but have never heard of it being done. Would you be happy to own the rare record, but capture once and for all a good digital recording of it? How I handle a skip in the middle of recording a record to cd is lift the needle back to before the skip and then apply very light *sideways* pressure to the tone arm in the opposite direction of the skip to get the needle to follow the groove. I use a toothpick. It doesn't matter how many times you fail at this, as soon as you get through the skip point one time successfully, let the record play out. Then it's a simple job (believe me) with even free sound editing software (such as WavePad) to cut out all the extraneous material and get a seamless recording. Then you could put your record in a nice display case and play the cd for everyone. ME: Hi Matt, Here's a voice from out of the past. Any chance you still have the cd of guitar duets I recorded with former buddy R~~. It was a set of arrangements of "Scraps from the Opera" by 19th C. black American guitarist Justin Holland. They came out dreadful sounding. Unfortunately, though, it was my only copy. I know how unlikely this would be for the average person, but I'm guessing you're much more organized. I'd be glad to reimburse you for your trouble and mailing costs. Thanks for your help. THEE: Re: guitar duo cd I think you have the wrong Matt W~~ here. I'm the sort of person who might have an album of guitar duets of yours -- I've got a Borbetomagus album or two around -- but I don't think we've ever met personally. (If we have please forgive me for forgetting!) Are you by any chance looking for the Matt W~~ who's a double bassist in Seattle? I know him slightly, I might be able to help dig up his contact information. Or, if there's some connection through Greg P~~ in Pittsburgh (and Delaware), I can certainly help get in touch with him. I guess I should be a little clearer about who I am, to help you figure out if it's me you're thinking of -- I lived in Pittsburgh for a long time and played with the Pittsburgh free music folks, Greg P~~ and Mike J~~. Hope you can find your CD! best, Matt ME: Whoops, sorry bother you! Thanks for taking it in good humor - in this busy day and age when even a little thing like a wrong number is supposed to send us into a rage. Could have sworn I got your email address off of a page that had discussion of events at American University, which is where another Matt W~~ teaches, or taught, recording technology. The web's so big, I guess, that there's a page that brings together *any* two (3, 4, 5 . . .) unrelated entities! Guess I'll send a note to American U. If you're curious how bad those duos turned out, there's a sample here: http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/jhop.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/justin-holland-guitar.htm ] THEE: Re: elvis record We've already sold the record and just noticed the skip. He may want a refund and thus the reason for my questions. I wish i had recorded it now, but it's already on the way to him. I do want the record back if he's not happy....thanks for the great info.... THEE: Re: a brainstorm >if you hemmed or hawed, I would have offered to pay you Weeelll...... I don't knowww....... :) ME: Too late; offer expired. Now you'll have to settle for a burger or piece of pizza. Hope to get the music in the mail tomorrow - all 6 volumes. Shoot an email when you get it and let me know good times to call so I can explain what they're all about. P.S. If it gets you a recording contract, you owe *me*. THEE: Re: Vote for Oklahoma Quarter Design >Thanks, I'm still chuckling! Can't stop, actually. Gee, I didn't think it was that funny . . . Didja vote? ME: subject: heap big artist was: Vote for Oklahoma Quarter Design $ $ $ $ \ | | / == |/\| ---- |/\| ---- (peace) |/\| ---- ( |/\| ) ---- ( |/\/\| \/ ------ o0 =======U, |/\/\| -/ ------ /\ |/\/\| 2008 ME: to DelDot Subject: Road project input Residents of Persimmon Park Place, east of Rt. 1 between Dover Downs racetrack and the toll plaza, would be very appreciative of any measures to reduce traffic noise. While installation of state of the art sound barriers may be prohibitively costly, we hope that there may be more or less inexpensive measures that reduce the noise. Your engineers would know best, but these are some thoughts that occur to me: If and when the toll plaza rumble strips need replacing, replace them with strips that actually "rumble", rather than produce the piercing "buzz" we hear constantly. Perhaps some sort of inexpensive fencing in the vicinity of the rumble strips would take the edge off of the buzz. If and when Rt. 1 needs resurfacing in this area, perhaps a much quieter blacktop, rather than screaming concrete, could be used. In lieu of installing noise barriers, perhaps a taller and longer fence separating our neighborhood from the highway would reduce traffic noise. As it is, the tops of tractor trailers are visible over the top of the fence, so the noise they produce has a straight-line shot at us. Again, we all know this is not a high-priority, life-and-death traffic matter, but perhaps something can be done very inexpensively, or at no additional expense in the natural course of highway maintenance, that would make life much more pleasant for the 150 households in this neighborhood and the apartments just beyond. Thank you very much for your consideration. ME: Here's a small tip for the two batches of opera records I got from you. It doesn't come close to making up what they're worth, but I hope it makes all your effort putting up the auctionS and packing and sending the records off a little more worthwhile. I'm having a good time with them! THEE: Re: heap big artist was: Vote for Oklahoma Quarter Design >>>Thanks, I'm still chuckling! Can't stop, actually. >>Gee, I didn't think it was that funny . . . Didja vote? > $ $ $ $ > \ | | / > == > |/\| > ---- > |/\| > ---- > (peace) |/\| > ---- > ( |/\| > ) ---- > ( |/\/\| \/ ------ o0 =======U, |/\/\| -/ ------ /\ |/\/\| > 2008 I feel stupid. Is that 4 (4 dollar signs) with peace pipe and pioneer woman or is it 5 with gushing oil well, peace pipe, and pioneer woman? ME: I see a squaw with papoose, two-feather headdress, and peace pipe, and a gusher. Does that make 2, 3, 4, 5, or more? Maybe billgates see something else in glorious proportional width type. THEE: Subject: Karl Katz You may have found an answer to your query about the contents of the two volumes of Kinder- und Hausmdrchen (Children' and Household Tales) by the Brothers Grimm. But if not, here is a helpful link. I, too, am searching for the origins of this story, with no luck (Karl Katz). Thanks for your insights. http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm.html#chronology THEE: Subject: FW: Karl Katz Hello again- It occurred to me, looking at the site below that Karl Katz could have been published in the Deutsche Sagen (a collection totaling 585 German legends). This came to me after looking at another website which is a reading list/course outline from professor Paul Kent Oakley(Rutgers University), posted in 1996. The notation of the discussion of "Karl Katz" states that it is from Germany, written in 1818. The second volume of Deutsche Sagen was published in 1818. So, perhaps this is the answer to the mystery. If not, it's close! ME: Thanks for your thoughts on the Karl Katz mystery. My best guess, which seems impossibly far-fetched, is that in the evolution of the 7 editions of Kinder- und Hausma"rchen from 86 to 200 stories some were simply dropped along the way, and of the people who have compared the different editions and actually noticed this, no one thought it was a big enough deal to tell anybody else. Very strange, for the "most influential book ever created in the German language." I *think* your theory about Karl Katz appearing in the Deutsche Sagen can be shot down. Project Gutenberg has the Deutche Sagen online, and there's no Karl Katz (or Peter Kraus) in the index. I also see some discussion in German which pulls in a "Peter Klaus", as opposed to Kraus, but from what I can gather, no one in the discussion has authoritative answers. THEE: Your invoice for eBay purchases - item # 200024624737, Panasonic KX-T1424 Dual Cassette Tape Answering Machine Item # Item Title Qty. Price 200024624737 Panasonic KX-T1424 Dual Cassette Tape Answering Machine 1 US $31.00 THEE: Subject: Untoward I started getting a little nervous as the nurse hooked up blood pressure, heart, and pulse monitors. A few minutes later, as the oral surgeon inserted the IV needle in the back of my hand and announced he was about to start the Valium-family anesthetic, he added, "In 10 seconds, you'll have a smile on your face." I started counting to myself: One-one thousand, two-one thousand . . . ten-one thousand." Nothing! I kept counting. I recall reaching "twelve-one thousand." The next I remember, the nurse was walking me to a wheelchair and wheeling me to a different room. I may have dozed off briefly sitting there. The oral surgeon walked in saying that the tooth came out in two pieces, and that was a piece of cake. He was going to the lobby to get C~~. They showed C~~ a door from the recovery room to a back parking lot, and told him to pull the car around there. They walked me to the car. I looked at the clock. About 40 minutes had passed since I walked first sat down in the dental chair. A half hour later, the Broken Arrow Brit periodonist was working on me. Within another half hour, I had a cadaverous bone implant and a neat row of sutures, and was headed out his door. That cadaverous bit bothers me a little, but I'm assured its perfectly safe. A colleague has been walking around with an armful of cadaverous bone for five years after a car accident that smashed her arm shortly after she was hired to teach English at my campus. She has full use of her arm and no more than scar to clue anyone in to the past mishap. The Oral surgeon prescribed the second highest possible dose of Percoset for the pain and Amoxicillin. The periodonist looked at the presecriptions, and said, "Fill the antibiotic, and forget the Percoset." He gave me 6 days worth of steroids instead, explaining that the pain comes mainly from the swelling and that he could avoid that. "Take Advil or Aleve" was his advice. "Enjoy your five-day weekend without being knocked out!" He wrote down his home phone number and cell number and told me not to hesitate to call--day or night--if anything seemed "untoward." When did you last run into a member of the medical profession like that? Mom is coming over tomorrow--not because I need the help, but because she needs to see for herself that I'm doing fine. ME: Glad things went well! Your story reminds me of my visit to the surgery center earlier this year for a standard 50-year-old-geezer sort of procedure. (Never mind I procrastinated for a few years.) When I woke up I was *mad*! "What are all these people standing around talking so *loud* for?" I thought. "Don't they know they're trying to put me out so the doctor can get to work???" That thing about hustling you out the back door sounds familiar, too. Can't be a coincidence; must be a reason for it. THEE: >Glad things went well! Your story reminds me of my visit to the surgery center earlier this year for a standard 50-year-old- geezer sort of procedure. Sounds like the same one I've procrastinated on. They get me for that in a few months. THEE: RE: Karl Katz Hi Donald - After sending the last email, I found the Project Gutenberg link and as you observed Karl Katz isn't listed there. If an answer to the mystery should ever present itself (clearly), I'll pass it along for you to look at as well. Thanks for your thoughts! ME: Forgot to mention I got a big kick out of the Hokey Pokey Shakespeare. I'm usually pretty leery of those sorts of things, don't know why, but that was funny. >The way I look at it, I've always been a Midwesterner, but that's debatable. It's always seemed to me that once our country reached its manifest destiny we should have gone back and renamed the various sections. (I suppose we can do this at the same time we finally decide to come up with a name for our country.) You're actually much closer to the Atlantic than the Pacific, so you're not even west, much less in the middle of the west. I always thought the "Midwest" was the Indiana/Ohio region. Somehow, they don't seem to like my proposal of renaming it the Middle East. I learned some geography last night that surprised the heck out of me. I read a "trivia" question that asked, "Is any part of the United States (other than Alaska) north of the 49th parallel?" *Whenever* I see a map of our united states, my brain always extrapolates that upper line of the western half of the country to slice through Maine somewhere, making Maine the northernmost connected state. It also just *looks* like it juts way up there into Canada. Well, I guess I was the last person, or maybe only ever person, alive to think that. I had to go to my atlas, and, sure enough, Maine doesn't get anywheres near 49 deg. north latitude. Looks like about 47.5. What you don't learn everyday... By the way, the point of the trivia question was that little wart on the top of Minnesota. I transferred one of my favorite records to cd the other day. It's "Songs of the Elfin Pedlar", music by Charles Stanford, sung by James Griffett. It's all English - it *drips* Englishness - but that doesn't mean one can make it all out, of course. The texts are all old, so I figured it would be easy to get them all off the web. No such luck. I only got 3 out of 25. Twelve of the songs come from the book "The Elfin Pedlar" by Helen Douglas Adam. In my failed attempt to find the text, I found something about the writer. (I wouldn't be surprised if you know her; maybe kinda surprised if you don't.) I'm familiar with musical child prodigies, but I'm not sure I've heard of literary child prodigies (sorry Daisy! [Ashford]) so this amazed me. By the time that she was 20, Helen had published three books of poetry with a major English press, Hodder and Stoughton: The Elfin Pedlar and Tales Told by Pixie Pool (1923), Charms and Dreams from the Elfin Pedlar's Pack (1924), and Shadow of the Moon (1929). Her first book, The Elfin Pedlar, was published when she was 14 years old, and includes 120 ballads composed from the time that she was two, at which time, according to the book's forward, the child "talked to her dolls in rhyme. She would tell them stories of fairies and flowers all clothed in beautiful language and in faultless rhythm."3 The 35 odd columns from different newspapers throughout Scotland and England that reviewed the book loved recounting certain anecdotes about the child's precocious mannerisms: "Sometimes, her mother, overhearing this casual flow of dainty rhymes would say 'Helen, can you repeat that? To which the child would answer, Oh No Mummy; but I shall say some more."4 The book was met with enthusiasm, and Helen was hailed as having "an extraordinary sense and handling of rhythm and rhyme."5 with a "perfect ear and a delicate imagination"6 and "a mind elect"7 which was "entirely free from self-consciousness or any thought of posing."8 Indeed, for whatever reasons that a country needs its prodigies, whether for the pride of Nationalism or for the moral support that comes from a strong youthful spirit that re-embodies the rhythms of its history, Helen Adam became the pride of Scotland. The Elfin Pedlar was graced even by a note of praise from the Queen of Scotland herself. That's from this page: http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/prevallet/adam.html Another really nice record in my collection I transferred to cd lately was Beethoven's setting of Scottish and Irish folksongs. Actually, the last one was English - "The Miller of Dee". What's funny is that now I recognize the text as a Mother Goose rhyme. It's in a few of my collections, such as the 1895 British one. There was a jolly miller Lived on the river Dee: He worked and sang from morn to night, No lark so blythe as he. And this the burden of his song For ever used to be-- I care for nobody--no! not I, Since nobody cares for me. Beethoven and Mother Goose - who'da thunk? There was another big batch of books at the auction on Friday. I sifted through about 9 boxes and found The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, in an "unaltered republication" (the book). That's one that I've been on the lookout for. So then I had to scrounge around for enough other books of borderline interest to put a box together. In this case that was mostly a few books of math puzzles and a batch of classic fiction for giveaways (Charlotte's Web, Little Women, for example.) All in all, well worth $2, even though I'm not thrilled to bring another box of books into the house. When I took a closer look, though, I was pleased with the haul. The 49th parallel question, for example, came from one of the math puzzle books. There's a paperback of Mark Twain's "best" short stories, mostly unknown to me, and now I know from his "Library of Humor" that I've got to catch up on the guy. He's a whole lot more than just Huck and Tom. There's a book with 24 Arabian Night stories - another thing I need to catch up on. I've passed up the huge, complete Arabian Nights Entertainments on several occasions, because I know I would never tackle that. Here's one of my favorites from The Arrow Book of Funny Poems. On John Bun Here lies John Bun; He was killed by a gun. His name was not Bun, but Wood; But Wood would not rhyme with gun, and Bun would. Now what sort of crazy brain would think that up? There was also a borderline horror poem by Walter de la Mare. One of the math books, "Fantasia Mathematica", turned out to be neat surprise - an anthology of fiction with mathematical themes. The backlog grows and grows. Again, I had planned to do a little more catching up, but enough's enough. One thing that I'm finally remembering is, thanks for the Baltimore Electric Blue Print Co. souvenir ruler. It's been sitting on my table here forever as a reminder, but I guess it made itself so at home that I stopped noticing whenever I was plugging away at email. ME: what got into me I bought a big batch of beat up, old 45s at Friday's auction. Looks like just about 200 of them. Don't know why. Must have been "Rockin' Crickets" by the Rockin' Rebels on Swan. ME: almost rich and famous Had to mention that a copy of the trio cd that I put together found its way to one of the "who-dunits" here in Dover. Joe was really impressed, and lent it to the music director at his church. Next thing I hear is Joe asking what we charge to put on a performance. I told Joe that, sorry, but all things considered, it really wasn't feasible. [Would take aliens with suitcases of gold.] THEE: I found your letter on the Kumon learning center very informative and helpful, thank you. Its hard dealing with corporate environments when you have two separate goals, Theirs is money, and your was sincerely trying to help your students, regardless of the time restraints. Its sad. I am a mother of a 4th grade child and 8th grade child. Both IEP. Both extremely bright. The 7th grade child was diagnosed with Written Expression Disorder,, he still spells phonetically and has a hard time with reading and spelling. The other child is behind almost two years in reading they say. I think the child is not a mature reader, but neither was I. She went through a very traumatic experience in 2nd grade and had a hard time learning, thoughts were consumed on other things, worrying, and a hard time relating to anything, especially because her traumatic experience stemmed from her 2nd grade class room. What do you recommend I do to give the children extra support needed, I thought about a center,after reading you're letter I 'm not to sure if that's the answer, what about a private tutor, and how do I make sure there being taught the skills needed to them to be successful. Not just a bunch of work sheets. Please advice what you thinks best. ME: I surely don't qualify as an expert in situations such as yours, so please view this as just a friend talking to you. As funny as it may sound, I think the Kumon reading program might be very beneficial for both children, especially if you accept the advice I gave parents in the web page and do all the assignments yourself. If you forget why I suggest that, take another look at my web page where it discusses the reading program. Good luck! THEE: Re: nuttin particular >It's always seemed to me that once our country reached its manifest destiny we should have gone back and renamed the various sections. (I suppose we can do this at the same time we finally decide to come up with a name for our country.) You're actually much closer to the Atlantic than the Pacific, so you're not even west, much less in the middle of the west. I always thought the "Midwest" was the Indiana/Ohio region. Somehow, they don't seem to like my proposal of renaming it the Middle East. Heck, 'round here, we consider Ohio as part of the East. Indiana, well, I was never sure what to do with that no-count place. I 'spect Middle East is taken and not overly popular. >By the way, the point of the trivia question was that little wart on the top of Minnesota. Never woulda gotten that although I rmember visiting Lake of the Woods. Our typical summer vacations were spent in Minnesota, most often near Bemidji or Park Rapids, less often nearer Duluth where my parents had friends. >There's a paperback of Mark Twain's "best" short stories, mostly unknown to me, and now I know from his "Library of Humor" that I've got to catch up on the guy. He's a whole lot more than just Huck and Tom. There's a book with 24 Arabian Night stories - another thing I need to catch up on. I've passed up the huge, complete Arabian Nights Entertainments on several occasions, because I know I would never tackle that. Here's one of my favorites from The Arrow Book of Funny Poems. If I didn't tell you to do so earlier when I read it in my new Reading II text, look up Twain's "War Prayer." It won't be in any humor books, but it's easily found on the Internet. Timeless piece. >Thanks for the Baltimore Electric Blue Print Co. souvenir ruler. Oh, good. I was afraid it had been lost in the packing material. That was a bit of silliness found in C~~'s aunt and uncle's garage in Roanoke. They're always trying to get me to haul goodies home and were surprised when I latched onto that one. Somehow it seemed like it belonged to someone from Baltimore County rather than lying unused on a workbench in their garage. THEE: Subject: scrabble ? Hi! I was reading the info on your website and I have a question. My family (3 of us) have been playing Scrabble on the regular board that we lay on top of a lazy-susan. We would like to upgrade to the Scrabble Deluxe with the built-in turntable. So the question is... when I looked at the new ones on Amazon the reviews at the bottom of the page acted like this new version sucks. Many said that an old one purchased on eBaby would be a better idea (grid is deeper and doesn't look/seem as plastic/cheap). What is your opinion??? On eBay I see new ones, one from 1989 and many from between 1976- 1977... what is best??? Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. ME: I'm not familiar with the newer, "cheaper" Deluxe scrabble board. I will say that I don't think the older ones were anything to write home about. The glare was horrible. And my turntable, at least, broke down, so to turn the board I had to lift, turn and set it back down. To be honest, I like the simple elegance of the folding cardboard board. We never have any trouble turning the board directly on the table top without tiles shifting. We don't even think about it. I'm wondering if that wouldn't work better for you than a lazy susan. By the way, try some of the ideas in my page, like a mixed set of tiles, no-risk challenges, and three-letter minimum! Thanks! ME: Will try to catch up a bit shortly, but for now . . . >> On John Bun >> Here lies John Bun; >> He was killed by a gun. >> His name was not Bun, but Wood; >> But Wood would not rhyme with gun, and Bun would. >Groan . . . Groan my stupid foot! That poem is totally, positively, absolutely, ummm . . . hmmm . . . errrrr . . . (i got it . . .) outre'!!! Ranks right up there with the all-time classic, The Frog ("What a wonderful bird the frog are...") So there. THEE: Subject: Taranaki Climb I came across your page on the internet about Harry Vernon. I was one of the hikers that reported a man calling for help on Mt. Taranaki and later provided information to the search and rescue crews. I have been deeply affected by what happened that day. My condolences to everyone that knew him. ME: Thank you for the condolences. And thank you for your help on that day. You might gather from the web page that Harry was what you would call "quite a character." He still pops to mind frequently - always will. Somehow, though, as shocked and saddened as I was by Harry's death, and as much as I'd rather he still be with us, it wasn't one of those unbearable, painful, grief situations for me. He was, after all, 80 years old, and went out doing one of the things he loved most, and in grand style. Maybe Ronnie (whom you saw in the web page) and I are even a little bit envious! And Harry didn't leave a wife and family behind. I can't speak for everyone, of course, but I'm guessing all of his family and friends would say more or less the same. Last Sunday I was playing Scrabble with my father, sister and brother-in-law and when it got to my last turn I dramatically read off the scores: 112 to 109 to 105 . . . to 51 - with me in last place. While everyone was chuckling, I emptied my rack for a 79-point play to leap into victory and end the game. Man, I wish Harry was around to tell that one to! Thanks for writing. It was nice to meet another hero of that day. THEE: I'll swap a copy of this for the full version of "The Frog" -- assuming that wasn't the full poem, that is. These measly 158 words took me about two hours, but they were more fun than the Internet course proposal I've been workin' on. ME: evolution >I'll swap a copy of this for the full version of "The Frog" -- assuming that wasn't the full poem, that is. That's a deal. When we were in 3rd or 4th grade, Jack Dean found "The Frog" in a poetry book in the school library. My life was never the same afterward. The Frog What a wonderful bird the frog are! When he stand he sit almost; When he hop he fly almost. He ain't got no sense hardly; He ain't got no tail hardly either. When he sit, he sit on what he ain't got almost. -Anonymous >These measly 158 words took me about two hours, but they were more fun than the Internet course proposal I've been workin' on. Sounds great. I'd call that a very productive two hours. It would take me twice that to come up with half the number of words, and having no zing whatsoever, if not completely stupid sounding. The Delaware State News is featuring me (again, if I mentioned it the first time around) in their Meet Your Neighbor feature. Every time I look at what I wrote I change a little something here and there trying to get something that maybe sounds ok, or at least won't embarrass me too much. Fat chance. I got Krystal and Mizan out on Charlie's boat again this weekend. This time Charlie had a raft-like device for pulling somebody along behind the boat. It was quite a blast. 18 mph felt like 50. I wish you could see even a 30-second vid of Mizan on it. Unfortunately, Krystal didn't even have a camera, which was sort of my fault since I kept it a secret what was in store. ME: to owens corning I inquired at Lowe's in Dover about installing a new roof. I have a low-pitched roof, 3/12. I want maximum overlap of the shingles. I would like the shingles overlapped halfway (1.5 ft), as opposed to the modern way of one half tab (6 in.) Lowe's said they cannot do that. Their reason was, it would nullify the manufacturer's warranty. That sounds absurd to me. Did I get correct information? Thanks. THEE: Subject: shingles Thank you for contacting Owens Corning. The warranty covers manufactured defects only. Installation is not covered under warranty. However, we recommend shingles be installed according to instructions. Should you require further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-get-pink. THEE: Re: evolution > The Frog > What a wonderful bird the frog are! > -Anonymous And I wonder whether this anonymous composer was a kid or some sage of the ages. If Bacon, Cervantes, Martin Luther, or Prof. Zamenhof wrote the da wg song, it could just as well have been Chuck, himself. >Every time I look at what I wrote I change a little something here and there trying to get something that maybe sounds ok, or at least won't embarrass me too much. Fat chance. See, that's what I try to tell my students. A person needs to revise and revise and revise and hope not to sound stupid. Many of them want to scribble something out at the last second and call it good. THEE: I find it hard to believe that out of all the guestbook entries you received, only one was negative. Youre site and guestbook would be alot more interesting if there was some discourse. I have read the sections on kumon and unarcy system, and while you generally make good points on them there are numerous points to take issue with. I assume you have received emails about these two subjects? ME: Surely there are many more negative comments then just the one you saw. Did you look over the closed-out guestbook as well as the still active one? I use "active" loosely; it is very infrequent that anyone submits something for my guestbook. If you want negative comments, look, for example, at the feedback to my football page. Also look at my pages on evolution and "the human race is special". There's hardly a word of agreement in there. I have gotten some emails regarding the Kumon page, but actually not much in the way of agreement or disagreement. It's been a long long time since anyone has commented on unarchy. In fact, the main discussion took place in a few fanzines before the web came along. I would love to see some discussion of unarchy. THEE: "In December 1997, a study said that boys start out as girls, but nothing in the article supported the claim. It said that if a male embryo doesn't produce male hormones, "the female body blueprint will prevail". So??? The male embryo does produce male hormone - probably because it's male, I guess. Anyhow, this was good enough to get a few scientists a bit of much-needed attention." Just saw this and had to email you again, are you saying that this statement is false? ME: Giving it everything I've got, I can only see the claim, as stated, as totally ridiculous and absurd. If the girl-embryo- which-will-turn-into-a-boy produces hormones that the girl- embryo-that-really-is-a-girl does not, then they are not the same thing. Why don't we just call the first one a boy-embryo? THEE: Re: the project I've gotten the music. What do you think about recording one part, sending it to me, and I'll record the other track on top? Seems that way, we can get it all done fairly quickly. (Or at least we can do a test) ME: That would save a lot of money and driving, but I'm afraid that would make it too artificial. THEE: I'm not sure what exactly you have an issue with. Are you criticizing the wording of that statement, or the actual biological mechanics behind it? If it is the former, I can see youre point because it is not technically completely correct, although close enough, however if it is the former then I believe you are wrong. ME: >Otherwise, you may not have mentioned it. You're right, I never mentioned my "Meet Your Neighbor" fiasco to you. Here's a paragraph I wrote to my friend Hself: >Something that's had me going around kicking puppies and little old ladies the last few weeks is being done dirty by a newspaper, as usual. The Delaware State News asked if they could feature me in their "Meet Your Neighbor" feature. Not without some misgivings I went ahead with it. I had responded immediately to their set of questions and after giving it a little more thought submitted a far, far more fun, meaty and interesting batch of responses. I was in running communication with the writer, so had no reason to think the update had fallen throught the cracks, but it did. They printed the draft. Talk about the mama of all blown opportunities... I made a proposal that they give me another shot a year and a half or so down the line, presuming I would have anything interesting at that time. The newspaper's editor offered an upcoming slot, which I would not have proposed, or wanted. Readers would take a glance and either think, "Him again???", or "Look, the newspaper made a mistake!" But I wasn't going to squander the opportunity, and I made this submission as different as possible from the first one, which wasn't hard. Now it's just a matter of holding my breath to see what they're gonna do to this one... You wouldn't believe (but of course you would) what I just went through to get an ad set up right by the Delaware State News. My logo is pure text. What took a couple of days and lots of frazzled nerves would have taken 8 seconds if I could have stood over the graphics specialist shoulder and said, "Put a space back in there." I don't think I mentioned Krystal's job taking care of an elderly couple, Becky and Joe, in particular, Becky. She had been doing this for months, and I would hear occasional anecdotes, but it wasn't until the first boat trip with Krystal and Mizan that I realized I knew Joe. I probably would never made the connection, except Mizan said, "... and they have a dog that's taller than your car!" And I went, "Ka-boiiingg! - Irish Wolfhound!" And it turned out that, yes, Joe, was definitely the nice guy with the Irish Wolfhound I met up on Dover's Green on St. Patrick's day earlier this year. Of course, the Irish Wolfhound world is a small world, and he knew my friend Karen, and I even knew most of the story behind his dog, Erin, a rescue from an animal horror house up in New York. Becky had been going downhill lately, and getting visits from Senator Biden, Gov. Minner, etc., etc. She was also just awarded Delaware's Democrat of the Year award. A week or so ago, Krystal called with a funny story. I had given her that guitar trio cd with the enjoyable program. She never played it, and one day it fell out of her phone book at Joe's house. Joe wanted to hear it and Krystal said sure. Well, Joe loved it. He gave it to the music director at his church who was also impressed. So Krystal called to say that Joe wanted to know if we would put on a concert for the church. Well, even the promise of a blank check for our fee wouldn't be enough to resuscitate the Patowmack Guitar Trio at this point (shades of Distant Signals). I mention all of this for no particular reason, except the fun of the coincidences, and that my emails serve as my diary. But it comes to mind because Krystal called on Wednesday to say Becky died that day, which made me sad even though I hadn't met her. They're hoping [perhaps mostly Krystal's enthusiastic imagination] that Jimmy Carter, whom Becky had worked for, can come to the funeral. Last week I got a very nice "Just So Stories" by Kipling at the auction. Most recent date in it is 1912, but I'm guessing it's a much more recent reprint. Have you read The Elephant's Child lately? Hilarious! My second favorite might be The Butterfly That Stamped. Earlier this week I got a 6-volume set called "My Bookhouse" (c. 1920, 1925). It's a really lovely set, never mind the wear and mold, which I cleaned up pretty well. The bid took me right up to my maximum. For a while I was thinking I should have let the lady have them; she looked so disappointed when she bowed out. She probably figured I was gonna go on forever. One more bid would have gotten them for her. But now I see how bad my library needed this set. I've indexed the contents, which you may glance over if you'd like. They even mixed a couple of little Shakepeare rhymes in with Mother Goose. I'll be going to the auction this afternoon - anything I can get ya? ME: parigi o cara Here's my part of No. 15 La Traviata. When I played back my first "good" take I was totally sick at how ragged my rhythm was in the melody part. The next half-decent take had some squonked notes, which you can hear. I blasted the next to last chord louder than I wanted. There's a delay on the last chord, which I forget if it was inspiration or I just lost my mind. You'll find a fermata somewhere. Actually, it was kind of fun to play along with - I've rarely enjoyed that. Even if you make something great out of it, we'll see if we can beat it live. It was also a good test for me in that now I think I've got a good level and mic placement. So thanks for making the suggestion. Just before sending this off, I realize that I recorded to both tracks instead of just one. Both tracks are identical, so just delete one, the left. You'll be left on all our recordings. THEE: Saw a terrific silent film this afternoon with Mabel Normand, William Randolph Hearst's mistress of something like thirty years. It was called Mickey. Another Internet coincidence because several years ago a man in California contacted me because an ancestor of his was a ragtime era lyricist (not composer, if I remember correctly). I recall that this ragtime era guy's biggest hit was "Mickey," naturally the theme of the film score this afternoon. ME: I picked up 32 oil paintings at the auction today. No Rambrandts or Van Goghs, but I think the overall effect on a wall in my office will be striking. In fact, they'll be freebies for the kids, too. THEE: Next time you get to the LC, will you please copy a couple of orchestrations for which I have only the first violin part. These are nothing that particularly interests me, but I have another reason. The grandson of Charles Horwitz (of the team Horwitz & Bowers (Fred. V.)is seeking his grandfather's music, and I have a chance to help him. Here's what I'd like: Everyday is Sunshine When the Heart Beats True (Stern, 1903) M 1350.0 Where the Sunshine Turns the Oceans Blue to Gold, Intro. The Altar of Friendship. M1350.0, Box N At the moment, I'm hopelessly behind although I've worked all weekend. If I EVER say anything about changing textbooks again, please talk some sense into me. ME: Would any of these old emails help? (If not, the 0'Hare joke is good for another chuckle.) A google search on horwitz bowers mickey didn't put a handy page near the top linking the songwriters and the song. I bought 32 oil paintings at the auction today. A wall in my office is gwine to look *good*! Maybe a bit garish for some people's taste, nuts to 'em. ME: >Everyday is Sunshine When the Heart Beats True (Stern, 1903) M 1350.0 >Where the Sunshine Turns the Oceans Blue to Gold, Intro. The Altar of Friendship. M1350.0, Box N Shouldn't be any problem finding the Bowers. For "Everyday... I'll try the box that would seem to cover "E". If I can't find it under 0'Hare, I'll try O'Hare. >If I EVER say anything about changing textbooks again, please talk some sense into me. Hey, if I had any say, we'd be using 100-year-old textbooks. Truth doesn't change *that* fast. Plus'd save a pocket of change. ME: I was wondering if the grandson of Charles Horwitz you've been helping is named John M~~~. John just contacted me for a Horwitz & Bowers piece in my collection, and I'd rather surprise him with it in the mail than go back and forth describing the piece and asking for his address, etc. Do you have John M~~~'s address - or was this just a little coincidence? After all, there's *lots* of composers named on my site. For example, just a few days ago, a man from the Tirindelli Appreciation Society in Italy found Tirindelli in my opera record catalog and asked about the piece (track 5 of side 2 of record 10 of a humongous Longines Symphonette 12-record set.) THEE: A good night. Tonight's film was D.W. Griffith's Battle of the Sexes, not a Keaton film, not really a "funny women" film either because, despite a few funny scenes, it wasn't intended to be all that funny. It centered on a wealthy family man who got taken in by a young blond gold-digger, and had to learn his lesson the hard way. After she'd taken him for a lot of money, diamonds, and such, his daughter went to the woman's apartment threatening to shoot her. The daughter and mistress got in a scuffle, the daughter dropped the gun, and the mistress locked it up. Her young boyfriend showed up just before the girl's dad. So the daughter and floosie's boyfriend ended up being relegated to a back room of the apartment while blondie let in the old guy. He eventually spotted the gold-headed cane of the young rake, whom he'd encountered in the apartment once before. Searching for him, he found the guy kissing his daughter. When daughter claimed the young rake was "her boyfriend" (a false claim if anything ever was), dad told her she was disgracing the family name . . . and eventually realized his double standard and went home. Rather than booting him, his wife forgave him, and the film ended as it began with the wife's birthday party, telling us that the whole story covered a year. As for the music, the score included WC's "Dramatic Suspense." It came in at least three times, all during confrontation scenes in blondie's apartment. Worked well. I'd heard only a small bit of that piece in another film, but much more this time. Another nice piece, pretty typically WC, but not as good as "Solemn Scenes from Nature," "Andante Cantabile," and "Plaintive." Well, maybe as good for a very different mood, but suspense isn't my thing, perhaps. This film exhausted me. Thirty-two oil paintings, huh? Gonna start an art gallery? That's far more paintings than I have framed sheet music in my office. Color is good. Let me know how that second "Meet Your Neighbor" comes out. Btw, I don't think you answered my question about the Monett Times. And why didn't you talk that sense into me last spring? Truth is, though, that I like the new books a whole lot better. The main instructional material may not change much, but the readings sure have. Of course, out of three reading classes, I can count the students on both hands (and maybe a toe or two) who bother to read them. (The readings, not the fingers and toes, that is.) Passed the Coffeyville Amazon distribution center today. What a place that would be to move in and read for the rest of my life. ME: manet or monett? one can not be sure >Did I mention making the Monett Times? Nope. >Btw, I don't think you answered my question about the Monett Times. There. I just did. When you first asked about mentioning making the Monett Times (as opposed to mentioning making the Monett Times) I went out and did a search for a~~~ in google news. Nothing. So I searched for "monett times", probably both within google news, and on the web itself. I seem to remember it had a very slender profile. I could repeat the experiment, but I'll betcha somebody is bustin' to spill the beans anyhow. >Thirty-two oil paintings, huh? Gonna start an art gallery? Maybe not in a perfectly conventional sense, but something like that has always been bouncing around my mind, even for the Kumon center. I don't know art, but I know what I hate. (Being silly there.) My claim is that you can take a bunch of paintings which aren't so great individually, perhaps even borderline execrable, and create a stunning effect by crowding them all on a wall. Museums are too wimpy in that regard. Another difference with my art gallery is that the tootees will be encouraged to steal their favorite painting. They didn't cost that much. (There is actually an entertaining story behind the bidding war, but it would take *way* too much to type it out.) So they'll just be more freebies to join my bookcase of freebies. Now, based on all that, yer probably doubting the artistic genius of these paintings. I have this to say about that: Candace Battaglia. Remember that name. You heard it here first. ME: I got the Panasonic answering machine about 2 weeks ago. It looks great and is in perfect operating condition, except for one thing. It records a crackling sound, both on the outgoing and incoming message tapes. (You could hear it by dialing 302-672-9356 some time when I'm not home.) Cleaning the heads did not make a difference. Otherwise, the recording is so clear that the crackle doesn't really affect the understandability, and most *normal* people might not worry about it. The problem is, I specifically need this style of answering machine because I archive messages of interest - generally, anything with personal content. And for archiving purposes, the crackle is not acceptable. I'll definitely have to keep searching till I find a machine in perfect condition. I'm cool as a cucumber, not upset or angry or anything. In the scheme of things, it's definitely no big deal. But I thought I'd fill you in and let you make the first suggestion about how we should handle it. Thanks! ME: Do you know about sitemaps? I've just been poking around in google and horrified to find that they say they only have 18 of my pages indexed. I'm guessing putting together and submitting a sitemap is no big deal, but all their instructions are somewhat overwhelming. I'm guessing that all I need is just a simple little file listing my web pages somehow. I'm hoping this is all baby stuff to you, and can get me going with a few words and simple example. ME: hobnobbing Went to Becky's funeral today. There were some big names there, not surprisingly. But mostly wanted to mention that Miss Becky's now resting 19 steps from Caesar Rodney. THEE: Subject: Home again, home again, jiggety jig 'bout enough said. I'll catch up . . . one of these days. Soon, I hope. THEE: Re: panasonic answering machine Sorry that the machine is not what you were looking for. Since you apparently cannot use the machine you may return the machine and I will refund your purchase price plus the original shipping amount once I receive it back. ME: That's very generous - thanks. I'll pack it up and send it off as soon as possible. ME: Great news. Before packing the answering machine up I had to get the few messages off of it. It never occurred to me the whole time I was editing and saving them on my computer, but it hit me later - no crackle! It turns out the crackle is not actually recorded on the tapes, but is added by the machine when either is played back. That doesn't matter much to me, so I'll keep the machine in service. Sorry to give you a fright. THEE: Just a reminder that your Meet Your Neighbor will rerun this Sunday in the State News. I have attached the profile, so you can make sure I have the right answers. Again, sorry for the confusion. ME: It looks pretty good. I think "light bulbs" is two words. Also, "time frame"? (Thanks for fixing "racetrack".) My dictionary shows "one-on-one" with hyphens, and "one-on-two" seems a reasonable extrapolation. Can I have a ". . ." after micro-step evolution? I have other interests, plus the ". . ." makes the answer seem more like a sentence. My dictionary shows "down to earth" with the small e. I think the idiom is more about down to the ground, or surface, or soil - not landing on the third planet from the sun. I suppose there are reasons that make it infeasible, but I wish my paragraph breaks could be observed. The way it is, all the bite-size ideas fall over each other. No chance I can have "(It sure beats that mug shot over there.)" restored? After all, for the reader, it's only a little chuckle, and might make a few more readers curious enough to visit my site. Could I have the "What I feel strongly about:" heading restored? I'd like the Golden Rule standing all by itself, plus those things I feel strongly about are not really guiding philosphies. Thanks for bearing with me. THEE: Re: hobnobbing Glad you went. And good to know that Becky is hobnobbing with Caesar Rodney, too. You leaving me in suspense? ME: Sorry, didn't mean to lead you on. Yes, that was the hobgobbling I was referring to. The big names were only Delaware- big, like Senator Carper and Governor Minner. No national- biggies that I was aware of. There was a really sweet picture of President Carter and Becky on display - wish there was a copy machine handy. ME: Re: manet or monett? one can not be sure I was wondering if the subject line rang any bells, or did I go too obscure this time? It was a running joke with some college buddies of mine. THEE: I stumbled across your site while looking for my daughter's Kumon center email, and although I don't have the time now to commit to reading at length now, I found it very interesting and jam-packed with many meaningful topics. I plan to read further about your experience with employment at Kumon. I confess to having mixed feelings about the program, one main reason being that the owner of this center holds a masters in ESL or something along those lines, is being paid to help my daughter with reading comprehension, yet shows difficulty expressing thoughts articulately and with proper English grammar. Adding insult to injury, I myself am a math teacher (yes, savor the irony!) and from what I've read on your site with regards to the lack of teaching conceptual math, I have to ask myself if this will benefit her in the long run. Just thought I'd acknowledge your site and say hello from the Windy City! :^) ME: Thanks for visiting. Sticking up for Kumon just a wee bit, remember that the Kumon instructor is really just a "director"; Kumon's success, or lack thereof, sits almost entirely upon the method and the materials. Regarding the benefits of Kumon, it's pretty clear from my web page that I have doubts. Still, the proof is in the pudding. I know of nothing concrete Kumon can point to. There is, or was, a study by TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies) in which Kumon participated (ca. Jul 2005). I haven't seen the results, if they are available yet. And even if I saw the results, whether they be positive or negative, I'd have my doubts about *them*. When you stop to think about it, you realize how fantastically difficult it is to measure such a thing. How "average" is the average Kumon student when he starts out? Is the great student a great student because of, or in spite of, Kumon? You really need a time machine so you could send the same student through life twice, with and without Kumon. But don't misunderstand; I would never argue that we shouldn't try anything unless we have firm, statistical proof IT WORKS! Things may have benefits in peripheral ways, or benefits that we don't even perceive. Is that enough rambling? Thanks again for stopping by! ME: You forgot to remind me about the paddlelball ball under my car. It's still in the parking lot, I guess. Still, I counted up about 100 useful freebies for my $2. I plan to put the really good ones, like the porcelain dolls, out around Christmastime. V~~ called me yesterday. Crazy as it sounds, we talked for probably 1.5 hours. It took him a long time to get around to what he wanted, so I'm not totally sure it's on the level. He wants to videotape me giving short math lectures, which can be downloaded from algebra.com for a fee. I'd get a royalty, which even he doesn't pretend would make anybody rich. ME: First of all disregard my frantic note about site maps. It looks like google maintains two entries for some of my pages, with the full-blown www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7049 url, and the personalized www.geocities.com/donaldsauter. They say they have 18 of my pages indexed under the short form, but it seems like they've got most of them under the long form. Wanted your musical opinion on something. You noticed I flip- flopped gtr 1 and 2 where music was repeated in La Traviata. Do you think that improves the listening experience? I think it does, but somebody might say it's artificial and silly. If you like the idea of flip-flops, let me know where you think they'd be appropriate, and I'll cut and paste the parts. In our first five, I think a flip-flop would work well in Norma 2 ("No. 13"), in the top section of both pages. (You 8 measures; me 8 measures; you for the rest of the page.) If that sounds good, let me know and I'll do a paste up and mail it to you. ME: It's been a while since I tuned into the crazy man's doings. Looks like he got 29 votes in the primary election. THEE: Re: manet or monett? one can not be sure Manet or Monet would have made perfect sense because I'm pretty well up on my artists. Then, of course, Monett fit this occasion though Missourians would never go for the pronunciation. You oughta see what they do with the town name Bolivar! Spanish, French, whatever, they're gonna term it into 100% Missourah! THEE: Re: manet or monett? one can not be sure Are you going to tell me where the question originated? ME: 'Deed I will, to the best of my abilities. Apparently there was a PBS series in the early 1970s (or maybe "Educational tv" back then) that discussed art, or perhaps there were art-related episodes in a more general series about culture or civilization or something like that. (Wid me?) Of course, it was all very high-brow, and the host was a brainy J. Bronowski sort. He introduced one of the art episodes by displaying an impressionistic painting and asking, "Manet? Or Monet? One can not be sure," and indulging in a little high-browed chuckle, which I don't begrudge him at all. It's good. Again, I never actually saw this, but some college friends had a good time with that line, impersonating the host and including his chuckle. Don't press me for exactly what sort of circumstances calls for this quote. I waited 30-some years for the perfect opportunity. While I'm writing, let me pass on to one person in the universe that I believe Mark Twain's "How I Edited An Agricultural Paper" was almost definitely inspired by that "John Phoenix Renders An Account Of His Stewardship" story/editorial I mentioned recently. I'm not complaining; Twain's is hilarious, too. Here's a reckoning of the contents of the box I bought at Tuesday's auction: 29 small plastic/metal/wood toys 13 plush toys, normal 10 jigsaw puzzles 1 story on cassette 2 musical instruments (uke, maracca) 5 porcelain dolls 12 plush toys, high class 5 electronic games, trains 10 gooshy purple brains, in cellophane Looks like 87 freebies for the kids. Not bad for $2? THEE: Re: manet or monett? one can not be sure >You need my nattering like a hole in the head, but I was wondering if the subject line rang any bells, or did I go too obscure this time? E-mails like yours help me keep my sanity. >While I'm writing, let me pass on to one person in the universe that I believe Mark Twain's "How I Edited An Agricultural Paper" was almost definitely inspired by that "John Phoenix Renders An Account Of His Stewardship" story/editorial I mentioned recently. I'm not complaining; Twain's is hilarious, too. Sure, I remember that one. It was funny. I don't think I've read the Twain piece. Are you familiar with this one? http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/texts/twain.german.html >Looks like 87 freebies for the kids. Not bad for $2? I don't think we have auctions like that around here. ME: eddie or claude, who knows? >Figured the line had a history since I've heard it before. Aha, that's what I was wondering, whether it was strictly an in- joke, or whether it made any impression on the public at large. Veddy interessant. Thanks for the link to Twain's dissertation on German. I laughed continuously. In one spot he made hay with the heavy duty done by Schlag and Zug in German. Coincidentally, not so many minutes before I had worked out Nebelzug in an aria from Weber's Oberon. Zug's main def. is train, of course, and I don't think I've ever seen an opera translator get so literal, rendering Nebelzug as "train of mist". I'm wondering if the writer had anything more in mind than "fog". Actually, that writer was himself a translator, since Weber's Oberon was written in English. So why must I wrestle with arias in German when they started out in English??? And another ??? for good measure. I recently bought the complete opera from amazon - and got German. :( And not only were the spoken parts not literal translations, they were redone and changed completely, even adding different characters! So fat lot of good it did sitting there with an English libretto, itself painfully extracted from the web. ("And if elected, I promise literal translations of the most popular 60,000 operas, freely available on one shiny little cd...") I had to laugh throughout his list of suggestions for improvements to German. I don't exactly know why, but our ordinal numbers in adverbial form have always sounded somewhat nutty to me - firstly, secondly, etc. By the time Twain got up to seventhly, I was squirming around helplessly on the floor. I wanted to send you a link to Twain's hilarious "Our Italian Guide" in his Library of Humor. At first glance, it looked like the web didn't have it, but further sleuthing shows it is an extract from a chapter of his The Innocents Abroad. http://twain.thefreelibrary.com/The-Innocents-Abroad/27-1 Start with the line: In this connection I wish to say one word about Michael Angelo Buonarotti. . . and end at: --or by George we'll brain you!" Couldn't help thinking about Phyllis when I read this. THEE: Fw: Musipedia: new search possibilities This is really cool! Now you can whistle a tune (if you have the interface), or play the piano. http://www.musipedia.org or http://www.melodyhound.com) >1. Query by Humming applet: The applet now works a lot better, > also for sung input. . . . ME: re: Americans who helped cement big-bang theory win Nobel Prize in physics >News item: Americans win physics Nobel for sealing big-bang theory Me, I'm withholding judgment until some judge from an American backwater rules it true. THEE: "Our Italian Guide" looks like great fun, but I'll have to postpone it until later. Way too many deadlines zooming in on me. Glad you were twitching helplessly on the floor. That's the way I felt when I read that essay on German, too. ME: to: sci.physics Looks like I need to make clear that in my new and improved scientific notation, you are free to put the decimal point wherever you want. I did not propose no decimal point. If you're sitting around talking about sums of money in the millions of dollars, and you get to one in double digits, you may say "thirteen bip six", as opposed to "one point three bip seven" without a silver hammer coming down on your head. THEE: LOC Guitar music... Do you still have copies of these works? Castagna: Luciano Castagna Cuttoli: A. F. Cuttoli Gargiulo: Enrico Gargiulo Luigi: Amelie Luigi = Amelia Luigi Montagna: Carlo Montagna Picchianti: Luigi Picchianti (euro) Tozzeti: Luigi Tozzeti not-guitarists Chilesotti: Oscar Chilesotti Monti How to ge them, in case yes ? Thank you for your reply. ME: Yes, I'd be glad to send you copies of public domain guitar music I got from the Library of Congress. Please look at this page for my instructions for ordering guitar & piano music. http://www.dcguitar.net/donaldsauter/gp.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/guitar-and-piano-music-fs.htm ] Instead of "catalog numbers", clearly list the pieces of music you want. It is too much trouble to calculate the cost in advance, so you must estimate how many pages you think the the order will contain, and promise to pay $.24 per page plus shipping after you receive the music. Here's the page with the guitar music: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7049/lcgtr.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/lcgtr.htm ] THEE: Subject: Thank you for contacting Google Thank you for writing to us. Due to the tremendous number of requests we receive, we're unable to personally respond to your letter. We're always working to provide comprehensive, up-to-date online assistance and encourage you to consult our Webmaster Help Center at http://www.google.com/support/webmasters. It's likely that you'll find the answer to your question there. We also encourage you to check out Google's webmaster tools. Our webmaster tools can provide you with comprehensive info about your site, including queries for which your site appears in our search results, potential indexing problems, errors our crawlers encountered trying to access your pages, and much more. The Google Sitemaps component of our webmaster tools is also the best way for you to give Google a complete list of the URLs on your site. To get started, try our Google Site Status wizard at http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/sitestatus If you've used Google's webmaster tools before, you can access them by signing in with your existing Google account at https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/login Thanks again for taking the time to write to us. Regards, The Google Team ME: If a LETTER describing an individual problem, and promising to PAY for your services can't get the attention of human eyes, WHAT CAN? Just so you all can spend the rest of the day laughing your heads off, here's the letter I sent again: [pasted in letter] ME: dames >I don't think we have auctions like that around here. Looking for a career change? Wanna do something fun? Got a touch of the entrepreneur in you? Could you stand being filthy rich? Came back from today's auction empty-handed - hoo-ray for me. Actually, it was just dumb luck that, even after starting up a 2nd auctioneer, it looked like more than an hour before they'd get to that great, huge grab-bag of kid's toys that would've kept me in stock for years. The Delaware State News ran my "Meet Your Neighbor" on Sunday. Haven't gotten up courage to see what they did to it. But it made me something of a celebrity at the auction today. I mentioned the auction as one of my favorite regular activities. I risked closing out with, "And the auctioneer is quite a funny guy, even when we put him in a bad mood!" (I ask you, what makes editors so afraid of me?) As I was looking up and down the rows, Blake took a moment out from his auctioning to holler out, "Hey, there he is! That's my hero! There's the guy interviewed by the Delaware State News!" Being taken by surprise, the best I could do was a few bows to the crowd looking my way. Later, another friendly young man came up and told me I was the guy in the newspaper. He mentioned they put a copy of it up in the office of the auction. I hope all my thoughts in the column designed to save the world have as much effect. Forgot to put a funny little thing in my last email about German and translations thereof. This is part of a duet from the atonal, ultra-modern (for 1961) comic opera "The Barber of Darmstadt, by Bruno Heinz Jaja. Tenor: Tenor: Wer war die Dame, Who was the dame mit welcher ich Sie with whom I you gestern gesehen habe? yesterday seen have? Bass: Bass: Das war keine Dame. That was no dame. Das war That was meine Frau. my wife. Translation of the German libretto was by William Mann, the British music critic who a few years later would create a bit of a stir by hearing "pandiatonic clusters" and "aeolian cadences" in the Beatles' music. Finally getting back to finishing up The Peterkin Papers. I'd laugh a little harder if I was a little more sure there was a definite line separating me from the Peterkins. I'm having a new roof put on my house Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed for me, even if it makes your teaching chores awkward. THEE: I wanted to thank you for your generous mention of my name under your Wine and Water problem. Every now and then I google my name, that comes right up and well - it's nice to see the web has something nice to say about me ! I'm very interested in problems like these. The best solution to W&W teaches us nothing really about fluid dynamics, but packs a huge lesson as to the workings of the human mind. The solution itself causes one to say "Oh. Geez. Of course." The question is why does virtually nobody see that solution first? It's rather like an optical illusion, which gives a vivid example of how the mind can be led down the wrong path. I thought of the best solution first, but my brain works a little differently. I am slightly autistic. I'd love to claim earth- shattering brilliance, but I believe it's because I lack certain abilities that I wasn't drawn down the wrong path. Like a color- blind person won't be fooled by certain optical illusions. In scientific thought, "divide and conquer" is a tried and true strategy. When faced with almost any problem, the best thing to do is get a careful look at what all the component parts are up to, and think about them. In a few cases (like the W&W problem) however, this scheme fails spectacularly. It's a peculiarity of my form of autism that breaking something down into its components is very, very difficult for me to do. My brain cannot re-integrate the component parts back into the whole, and I get overwhelmed. For instance, if I get too close to a tree I am visually overwhelmed by hundreds of leaves, veins in leaves, pattern in bark, etc. So my brain is naturally aversive to componentizing things. The W&W problem seduces the listener into deconstructing the components and mechanisms; the transfer cup, the fluid percentages, the two-pass transfer, etc. The scientific brain goes there *first*, because that's where the answer usually is. So they miss the real answer, which lies outside the system, and is simply "liquid is conserved." There are two other puzzles that point up, I believe, this same issue. Two cars start off 10 miles apart, heading toward each other at 10 miles an hour. A fly takes off from the bumper of car one and heads to car 2, with a ground-speed of 20 mph. When the fly reaches the bumper of car 2, it reverses direction and heads to car 1, repeating this pattern until the cars collide head-on. How much ground does the fly cover before its squished (as if it had an odometer, so doubling back still counts as more distance.)? Many people will calculate the distance the fly takes goin from car1 to car2, then from car2 back to 1, and so on. It forms an infinite series. They find the value of the series. But the best solution is to simply say : the cars collide 30 minutes later. In 30 minutes the fly has gone 10 miles. This is another example where the reader is drawn into the *mechanisms* and misses the underlying principle. At least in both these problems, the reader is drawn to the correct answer, if by complicated means. But there is another infamous problem, the Monty Hall Problem, where some great mathematicians like Paul Erdos have given the wrong answer - and vehemently defended it - because they get trapped into thinking about the problems components rather than its underlying principles. You can imagine how gratifying it is for someone like me, with a cognitive impairment, to be able to offer insight to a 'normal' person. There is an ancient fable where a bird sees a cheetah blazing across a field. The bird asks the cheetah "Why are you so amazingly fast?" The cheetah says, "Because I can't fly." There are many cognitive tasks which I cannot do that a normal 10 year old can. But nature, in her wisdom, made both birds and cheetahs. ME: thinking Thanks for getting in touch. You have a fascinating story. You're right about the fly between the two cars problem. When I was first exposed to that problem I thought you would have to do it step by painful step - never mind wondering how you were supposed to handle an infinity of them. When you mentioned the Monty Hall problem, my first thought was to wonder if you saw my thoughts on my web site. Then I realized I never put them on the web. I claim that Marilyn vos Savant never stated the problem rigorously, and I wrote to her about it. I got that confused with a couple of rounds of vos Savant bashing in my web pages. I looked over the wikipedia entry on the Monty Hall problem, which takes pains to state it rigorously. My contribution to the discussion is that what's interesting about the problem is that it only takes a few real life trials, using 3 cards for instance (a joker and two deuces, say), to make the average person think, "Aha, I see what's going on!" No need for page after page of explanations and discussion! THEE: Re: [#77666945] Thank you for contacting Google Thank you for your reply. We understand your concern regarding your site's rank in the Google search results. Sites' positions in our search results are determined automatically based on a number of factors, which are explained in more detail at http://www.google.com/technology/index.html. We don't manually assign keywords to sites, nor do we manipulate the ranking of any site in our search results. In addition, we don't accept payment to personally review individual sites, nor do we comment on webmaster techniques or the details of our search technology beyond what appears on our site. As we mentioned previously, we've dedicated an entire section of our site to answering the most common questions from those who maintain and/or promote websites. You'll find all of our publicly available information posted here: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/ Besides this section of our site, we've created a discussion forum for passionate Google users. Many webmasters share their questions and expertise in the Google Webmaster Help group here: http://groups.google.com/group/Google_Webmaster_Help Regards, The Google Team THEE: Early 1980 Interview Paul McCartney YouTube - Paul McCartney - Early 1980 Interview Really grateful that this video was mentioned in a MACCA-L post in latter September. Just getting caught up with digests to that point. I'm a bit teary-eyed. At one juncture in the interview, as Paul mentions a plan to record with Ringo, the inevitable question of whether the Beatles will get back together is asked. Since this is an early 80's interview, our dear John is still very much alive. It's a poignant few moments some 26-years-ago. One almost begs, in hindsight, for the opportunity to warn Paul that they better get back together NOW because in just a few months the chance will be forever gone... ME: October 13, 2006 a bit of exercise Got a new roof today. John let me help. Said he couldn't give a discount, though. Didn't matter to me; what's 6 hours times 6 bucks, anyhow? But when we squared up the bill, he insisted on knocking $50 off. Started about 8:30 and they were gone a little before 3:30. Turns out I won't be needing a magnet after all. The roof looks great from on top. From below, you don't get the effect. Like all work I have done, something has to be worse than when it started. When I went to turn on the kitchen light, now it won't come on. Just a coincidence, or related to the roof work? I'll take it apart tomorrow, but I can't imagine I'll see anything wrong. ME: Back in 2002 I made a tape recording of a record in my collection that had Tirindelli's Reverie. You very generously sent a 2-cd collection of songs by Tirindelli, "La versatilita", which I've enjoyed immensely. More recently I've been transferring my records to cd when I play them. I've just transferred the entire 12-record set, "The LONGINES Symphonette: Treasury of the World's Most Honored Musical Favorites" onto one cd in mp3 format. I was thinking you might like a copy, since it places the Tirindelli selection in perspective with the 150 or so other selections. In fact, I'm *hoping* you'd like a copy, since it's much nicer in every way than the cassette tape. Also, I have something else to send I think you'll like. Let me know if you're still at the same address: Associazione Lirica "Pier Adolfo Tirindelli" V.le Veneto, 24 31015 CONEGLIANO (TV) ITALY I also have Carlo Bergonzi singing "O Primavera", with John Wustman on piano. I suppose you have that recording, right? THEE: mertz sheet music I found your sight on the net about classical guitar. I don't know if I understood your sight correctly but is it possible to get copies of the selections you have from J. K. Mertz'a Opera Revue. Would you let me know. ME: Thanks for visiting. I'm always happy to make my public domain music from the Library of Congress available to others. I get requests pretty infrequently, but yours finally made me buckle down and work up a standard reply. See if this makes sense, and sounds good to you. STANDARD RESPONSE TO INQUIRIES ABOUT MY GUITAR MUSIC FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS I don't have a "business" set up to sell the solo guitar music. I'm the sort who would be glad to just give it away to anyone who would appreciate it, but that's not too feasible when you're dealing with the whole world. It's rather complicated trying to figure out a fair price for a given order, and almost impossible to do so in advance. In fact, I used to ask people to give me a phone call because the email back-and-forth alone would eat up whatever tip was left for me - and many times over. Unfortunately, very few people have the courage to call. So here's the current, one-size-fits-all plan, step by step: 1. List the pieces you want very clearly in an email to me. The best thing is to copy and paste from the lists on http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/lcgtr.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/lcgtr.htm ] 2. Make a guess at the total number of pages involved. I know how unreasonable that sounds, but it will all work out. You might figure 3 or 4 pages for what you presume are small American works, and 10 or 12 pages for what you presume are bigger European works. 3. Multiply the total number of pages by the MAXIMUM price per page, which is $.30 (30 cents) to calculate the ROUGH TOTAL. This gives us a jumping off point - something to work with. In many cases I will discount the ROUGH TOTAL deeply. The MAXIMUM price per page applies to the case where you pick and choose individual pieces scattered throughout my collection. That is extremely labor intensive for me. If you are requesting a contiguous "chunk" out of my collection, I will discount the price fully to $.24 (24 cents) per page. This is much easier for me to process. If your order is somewhere between chunk style and pick-and-choose style, I will apply a partial discount. You can trust me to be fair and generous, even. 4. The MINIMUM ORDER is $20. Bear in mind the labor involved in processing even a 2-page order. 5. The MAXIMUM ORDER is $50. This is to protect myself somewhat in case of non-payment. 6. Considering the ROUGH TOTAL calculated above, ask yourself what you are willing to pay that in a worst case situation. We'll call this the BUYER'S LIMIT for the cost of the music. Note that it must fall between $20 and $50, inclusive. 7. Include this statement in your order: I promise to pay up to _______ (fill in your BUYER'S LIMIT) for the music when it arrives in good condition. I understand this will cover at least the first _________ (fill in BUYER'S LIMIT divided by $.30) pages of my order, perhaps more depending on how contiguous the selected pieces are in the collection. I will tell you the ACTUAL COST (number of pages times adjusted price per page) when I send the music. Note that the ACTUAL COST will fall somewhere between $20 and the BUYER'S LIMIT, inclusive. 8. Cash is still the most convenient form of payment. I know how the thought of sticking a little cash in an envelope horrifies everyone, but I assure you that post office workers do not have the time to rip open every letter that comes through - even supposing they weren't under continual observation. 9. Checks are a pain in the neck - and risky for me. Paypal is usurious. Thus, there is a surcharge for payment by check or Paypal. No matter what your plans are now, include these statements in your order: If I decide to pay by check I agree to pay a $5 surcharge in addition to the ACTUAL COST of the music. If I decide to pay by Paypal I agree to pay a $2 surcharge in addition to the ACTUAL COST of the music. 10. More about Paypal: I have a paypal account. As I write this, I'm not sure exactly what's involved in paying by paypal. You probably know better than me. Someone paid me once by Paypal and I can't even find any record of supplying him with any account information, so it must be pretty easy. My Paypal user name is donaldsauter. 11. Postage for domestic orders is worked into the price per page. Thus, there is NO additional postage and handling charge for domestic orders. I will ship via USPS "media mail." 12. For foriegn orders, you must also pay actual postage for the cheapest mailing class. Include this statement with your order: Since this is a foreign order, I agree to pay actual shipping costs. I will ship via the least expensive USPS surface class. I generally won't know how much it costs until I have copied and packed the music and taken it to the post office. For an order of a few hundred pages, it should only be several dollars to most countries. If you want to estimate in advance, figure that 6 pages weigh 1 ounce, and there are 16 ounces in a pound. (Handy approximation: 100 pages = 1 pound.) You can find the USPS web site easily by typing "usps" into google. 13. Supply your mailing address exactly as the U.S. Post office likes to see it (all CAPITALS; no punctuation, proper line breaks) so I can print it as a mailing label. Please do not make me retype your address. 14. The copies are razor sharp, make maximum use of the paper size, and have near perfect margins. The music is printed on convenient, U.S. "letter size" 8.5 x 11 inch pages. This is very close to A4 size. While this page size is generally smaller than that of the original publication, the size of the music itself is within a few percent of the original - often a little larger. 15. SAMPLE EMAIL ORDER: No need to be clever and original - just use the following as a template and substitute your specifics. ======================================================= Hi Don! These are the pieces I want: Carcassi op17/Rousseau/Le songe Carcassi op18:Six airs varies Carcassi op20//Air suisse varie Carcassi op22/Coffey/Air ecossais intercale dans La dame blanche Robin Adair Carcassi: SIX FANTAISIES sur la motifs des operas nouveaux Carcassi op33/Auber/La muette de Portici Carcassi op34/Rossini/Le comte ory Carcassi op35/Auber/La fiancee Carcassi op37/Auber/Fra diavalo Carcassi op38/Auber/Le dieu et la bayadere Carcassi op44//Trois airs suisses Carcassi op56:NO 2 Recreations musicales Carcassi op68/Strauss/NO 2 Valses de strauss I guess there may be 120 pages in these 12 editions. I promise to pay the ACTUAL COST of the music shipped, up to $36.00 (my BUYER'S LIMIT; must be between $20 and $50), when it arrives in good condition. I understand $36 (my BUYER'S LIMIT) may or may not cover all the desired pieces, depending on my page count guess and how contiguous the pieces are in the collection. In the worst case, it will cover the first 120 (BUYER'S LIMIT divided by $.30) pages of my order. If I decide to pay by check I agree to pay a $5 surcharge in addition to the ACTUAL COST of the music. If I decide to pay by Paypal I agree to pay a $2 surcharge in addition to the ACTUAL COST of the music. [For foreign orders only: Since this is a foreign order, I agree to pay actual shipping costs.] Thanks! SALLY GOODIN 9316 PEACH PIT DR <-- ALL CAPITALS. NO PUNCTUATION. COBBLER GA 21567 ======================================================= 16. If you are interested in music for guitar & piano, please visit this page: http://www.dcguitar.net/donaldsauter/gp.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/guitar-and-piano-music-fs.htm ] Since those pieces were prepared with publication in mind, the ordering process is more straightforward. ME: Are you available Saturday (Oct 21) to knock out our first 5 duets? THEE: Re: tirindelli reverie I thank you. Yes my address is right. I will be very happy to receive your CD with Reverie. I have O primavera sung by Bergonzi and others recordings on Tirindelli's music. THEE: Subject: NPR.org - Uncovering the True History of the Funerary Violin The most fascinating news item I heard while driving this past week . . . ME: A~~ sent me this link. Thought you'd get a kick out of it. In particular, click on the "Hear the music" links in the page. My favorite was the 1913 recording - wow! THEE: One interesting surprise of the visit is that my uncle has left us with a manuscript of his memoirs. Since I received the notebook only last night, I've read only a few snatches, but this is interesting stuff with a lot of his family history packed into it. Among other things, he has tracked down books published by an ancestor, John Caewood, royal printer to Queen Mary. Caewood's printshop was located on the grounds of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, and he was buried in St. Paul's. I'd read only one excerpt from these memoirs previously--the story of a military buddy and fellow pilot shot down in WWII. It was written for Memorial Day a year or two ago. Uncle M~~, a University of Chicago-educated lawyer and retired Houston bank CEO, is one heck of a good writer. I'm looking forward to having time to read the remainder. >>>Looks like 87 freebies for the kids. Not bad for $2? >>I don't think we have auctions like that around here. >Looking for a career change? Wanna do something fun? Got a touch of the entrepreneur in you? Could you stand being filthy rich? I think the researcher in me will win out over the entrepreneur. Did you happen to catch the NPR story about the book on funerary violin--a previously unstudied genre? In case you didn't, I've just sent you a link to the page, complete with an excerpt and a link to the broadcast. Neat story. >Finally getting back to finishing up The Peterkin Papers. I'd laugh a little harder if I was a little more sure there was a definite line separating me from the Peterkins. Bookmarked the Project Gutenberg copy. This looks like fun. ME: Thanks for going to the trouble to search me out of the thousands of people out there who have a hand in math to some extent or another. I visited algebra.com and I'd be happy to contribute whatever I can. I certainly don't claim one of the highest powered math brains, but I believe my habit of looking carefully at what's going on inside my brain while solving problems has given rise to a few things worth passing on. Here are a few questions and concerns. I got the impression you would videotape me giving a "mini- lecture". On the site I saw the mini-lectures in a graphic animation (powerpoint or something?) I like the latter style best, since I am very stage- and camera-shy. Is there a staff that creates the animations? Not knowing how it's done, I would think it would take a lot of effort. Is it really cost effective for algebra.com to produce these? (I don't want you to lose money on my account.) No matter what sort of video is produced, I would guess it would take a lot of effort and require lots of editing to produce the final, flawless script. Do you have script writers who work with the math instructor to produce the final product? Related to these concerns, can I trust you to not let me embarrass myself, whether because what I'm presenting is not so helpful as I think, or because it's unclear, or because it really doesn't represent anything new, for example? Here are the first few potential presentations that jumped to my mind without actually digging through my material. The importance of instantaneous recognition of even versus odd numbers. Stepping through the multiplication table in a logical way, from least to most hard. How the multiplication is not nearly so scary as the 10 by 10 array makes it look. (No answers in the 90s, 1 in the 80s, 1 in the 70s, 2 in the 60's... Hardly gets worse than that until where you get to the problems are very simple anyhow.) Likewise, stepping through the addition table from least to most hard. The various ways of finding the LCM; how they relate; which is ultimately the most useful. I argue for finding the GCF first, and jumping to the LCM from that. A simple recipe for adding/subtracting any and all sorts of mixed numbers: "whole numbers; plus sign; fraction line; LCD (all automatic up to this point, and only now do we slow down to) get the numbers in the numerator. How to quickly and easily plot a parabola if you have the vertex: over 1, up 1; over 1, up 3; over 1, up 5... (The "ups" are scaled by the coefficient of X^2, of course.) How easy it is to completely factor big numbers. Even with a scary- looking, large, 3-digit number, you would never need to consider a prime larger than 31. (Worth remembering this sequence: 4, 4, 2, 2. There are 4 single digit primes, 4 in the 10s, 2 in the 20s and 2 in the 30s. Please give a call at your convenience. Thanks. THEE: U.S. population to hit 300-million mark Last Update: 10/16/2006 United Press International The population of the United States will hit the 300-million mark at about 7:46 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau said. The milestone has been watched for some time but Thursday the bureau established when it will be achieved. The Census Bureau reached the 300-million figure by calculating there is one birth in the country every 7 seconds, 1 death every 13 seconds and 1 addition to the United States through immigration every 13 seconds. That means the U.S. population increases by 1 person every 11 seconds. The U.S. population hit 100 million in 1915 and 200 million in 1967. The country's first census -- in 1790 -- set the number of residents at 3,929,214. ME: 1/7 - 1/13 + 1/13 = 1/11 ???? Apparently immigration should be + 1/31 THEE: A note about your multiplication table. I just wanted to let you know there's a small error in your multiplication table. It states 7x7=63 where it should be 61. Just though you might want to know. ME: Thanks for looking that closely - I'm honored! And you apparently did it without seeing my challenge just below the table, where I wrote: "Figuring that everybody would give that one glance and surf off into the wild blue yonder, I planted an error or so to snag a few visitors into taking a closer look." I planted another error that's much easier to spot. You got the hard one. THEE: Re: LOC Guitar music... Thank you very much for detailed istructions. I understand perfectly it took you a lot of time to setup this activity just for guitar's love! So I bless you. It takes me some time also to read/understand all, but I see all make sense for me. My delay in replying You is due to the fact that I asked one of my closest friend, in case he need something. I am still waiting for his reply. His wife had a new baby very recently, so he's very busy now :-)) This is for making a bigger order. Some of my main interest are for music by Antonio Dominici (e.g. Italienisch Fantaisie) and other Italians. Your page rextst.htm has strange links with "\" instead of slash "/", nothing can be downloaded: e.g. http://www.dcguitar.net/donaldsauter/Carcassi\Carcassi_Op36_William-Tell.pdf [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/royal-copenhagen-guitar.htm#Carc ] About REX, I recently had troubles in locating the server, I cannot find the download anymore. The page listed by Coldwell at this url: http://icoldwell.com/robert/music/library/denmark.html is http://rex.kb.dk/ALEPH/-/start/MUS01_RBS doesn't exist any more !! I can go here https://rex.kb.dk/ but I found nothing to download. I have just my old copies of some pieces/manuscript. ME: >It takes me some time also to read/understand all, but I see all make sense for me. I apologize for it being so complicated. The problem is that it takes too much work to count up the pages and figure out the postage in advance, so we have to guess, and I tell you the final cost when you get the music. >Some of my main interest are for music by Antonio Dominici (e.g. Italienisch Fantaisie) and other Italians. Are you saying Dominici is a guitar composer? I'm not familiar with the name. (I haven't done a web search.) >Your page rextst.htm has strange links with "\" instead of slash "/", nothing can be downloaded: e.g. http://www.dcguitar.net/donaldsauter/Carcassi\Carcassi_Op36_William-Tell.pdf Again, I apologize for the confusion. Those links work on my own hard drive on my own computer. I put the page up on the web in the hopes that other guitarists would join together in a project to fix the the links to connect them to the correct REX pages. I was not successful in creating any interest in this. I thought maybe anyone who was interested in the guitar music on REX would use the more sophisticated interface created by Robert Coldwell. >About REX, I recently had troubles in locating the server, I cannot find the download anymore. The page listed by Coldwell at this url: http://icoldwell.com/robert/music/library/denmark.html is http://rex.kb.dk/ALEPH/-/start/MUS01_RBS doesn't exist any more !! >I can go here https://rex.kb.dk/ but I found nothing to download. I have just my old copies of some pieces/manuscript. I remember REX being a little difficult to use. I haven't tried in a long time, so I'm afraid I don't know what the situation is now. >My delay in replying You is due to the fact that I asked one of my closest friend, in case he need something. I am still waiting for his reply. His wife had a new baby very recently, so he's very busy now :-)) This is for making a bigger order. There is no hurry - take your time! THEE: Thanks for responding Don. I have been playing concert guitar for years and have quickly grown bored of the standard music being played by everyone. fortunately I found myself very interested in opera arrangements and learned of mertz's compositions. I found your site when searching on the net. Your site stated that there is 33 operas Mertz wrote compositions around. I am interested in all of them. I have inclued the following list from your site. Hopefully this is correct for your information. Mertz: PORTEFEUILLE fu"r Guitarre-Spieler 1 Mertz op16/Flotow/ Martha 2 Mertz op17/Balfe/ Die Zigeunerin 3 Mertz op21/Meyerbeer/ Der Prophet 4 Mertz op22/Abt/ Agathe 4 Mertz op22/Schubert/ Lob der thra"nen 5 Mertz op24/Proch/ Glockento"ne 5 Mertz op24/Lindpaintner/Die Fahnenwacht 6 Mertz op27?/Donizetti/ Linda di chamounix 7 Mertz op28/Mozart/ Don juan fantaisie 8 Mertz op29/Flotow/ Alessandro Stradella fantaisie 9 Mertz op30/Donizetti/ Belisar fantaisie 10 Mertz op31/Auber/ Des Teufels antheil fantaisie 11 Mertz op34/Proch/ Das Blu"mlein 12 Mertz op35/Bellini/ Die Nachtwandlerin 13 Mertz op62/Verdi/ Nabucco 14 Mertz op63/Verdi/ Rigoletto 15 Mertz op85/Nicolai/ Die Lustigen weiber von windsor 16 Mertz op86/Verdi/ Il Trovatore 17 Mertz op87/Donizetti/ La Favorita 18 Mertz op88// Russisches zigeunerlied Chant bohemien 18 Mertz op88// Thu"ringer volkslied Mertz: 15 OPERN- REVUE Here is another statement I found concerning another provider. REX includes the entire Opern Revue opus 8, all 33 opera fantasies. Can I get all 33 opera fantasies? The site caculates each work to be from 6 to 15 pages. I'll pay whatever ME: I'd be glad to copy the Portefuille set for you. How about, just for practice, sending your order in the format I suggested, including mailing address, etc. It'd be nice to know the system works for when I get future inquiries. I only have two or three of the Opern-Revues, and they're in oddball American editions. Maybe the best way for you to go is to get that complete set off of REX? THEE: Subject: Yob! Good talking to you on Saturday. I did something unusual that evening. I tripped on the stairs and broke my darn foot. It's not a bad break, they tell me, but it hurts and I'm now wearing a removable cast-type thingie. It's supposed to take six to eight weeks to heal. The other day was Jessica St. George's 60th birthday and I noted this to my buddy Ben and Andre the DJ. Who's Jessica St. George, Don? C'mon! She's Miss February 1965. This led to a discussion of the Betales [honest typo!--I'm leaving it] in "Yobyalp." I directed the folks to the definitive site on that topic. Here's Andre's first response: Damn, that is a great site. Thanks!!! Don't thank me, Andre. ME: Sorry about the foot. Does that get you off painting? I.e., does it move Dover up or back? Thanks for passing on Andre's nice comment. I've been going through a bad spell feeling like my site is virtually unfindable nowadays, crushed under 4 billion tons of web junkmail. For instance, remember when googling "opera records" brought up my page at no. 4? Now it's fallen off the charts - can't find it anywhere. Recent research: Read a story tonight in "My Bookhouse, vol. 1, In the Nursery" (1920) with the phrase "here, there and everywhere." In Mark Twain's "Library of Humor" (1888) I noted "summersets" in stories by two different authors. How come it's not good enough for modern dictionaries? Still savoring the Damon Runyon theater, and will be for a long time. Listened to Sense of Humor tonight. A few seconds in, I remembered it as his only unpleasant story and the radio version didn't change that. THEE: Re: A note about your multiplication table. Your right in saying I didn't see the 8 in the table or the note about you putting in a error or so to snag a few visitors into taking a closer look. I guess next time I will have to look a little closer lol. ME: No, I wouldn't have any suggestions on how to track the Aria Senza Voce albums down. I know I'd like to have a complete set myself - and there's no way I'd miss those distinctive green and gold covers flipping through old records! THEE: Subject: kumon Don't know how I stumbled across your stuff but interesting reading. I see your point but how can you argue with the growth and success of Kumon? That is the obvious question. Perhaps some modification. I have three kids all in Kumon and it does fill the gaps. I do think it can somehow be combined with current levels too but mastery builds self confidence. I know from doing my own spreadsheets that redundancy is the key to memorization. This is true with virtually anything: skiing, math, science, whatever. ME: Thanks for your thoughts on Kumon. I hope I didn't make it sound like I think Kumon is valueless. I do know it to be very unpleasant for the students. I believe it could be 100 times more beneficial *and*, at the same time, 100 times more enjoyable for the students. I believe if Kumon could take a look at what it's doing with a fresh mind, rather than worshipping at the feet of its founder, Toru Kumon, it could make something so good it would put public schools out of business. Regarding the "growth and success of Kumon", I know their intensive advertising campaign of the last couple of years has been a complete flop. In a communication to the instructors they admitted, "Kumon's ALS (average length of stay) and retention declined last year (2004) despite the big campaign." When I came on board 3 years ago, they had something like 140000 students. (One child taking both math and reading counts as 2 students.) Now they're up to 200000 students. But that's because they've blanketed the country with new Kumon centers since then, AND students are now taking the Reading subject (which is pretty good) as well, AND they've pushed into the pre-K market. Everything's relative, but given all that, and the relative inexpensiveness of Kumon, and the population of this country, 200000 students sounds pretty pathetic to me. I'm curious how far your three kids will get beyond the arithmetic levels of Kumon. THEE: Yes, my foot probably did get me out of painting. It's certainly gotten me out of yardwork and dog-walking. I do not think that the foot would delay a trip to Douvres--it may only limit the number of times I want to get up and walk over to the buffet. Let me check that calendar! I drove to work this morning because the doctor doesn't want me walking the half to three-quarters of a mile from the Metro stop. Even hobbling out of the parking garage takes a lot of effort. I listened to some old-time radio on the drive in. What does one need to know about "Naughty Marietta"? In another old-time radio show, a dramatization of "Brave New World," I heard the expected "feelies" references, but I also heard a character exclaim, "Everybody's happy nowadays!" I'm almost certain that would be where the Buzzcocks got the title for their chart-topper. Re: Jessica St. George. I recall that her feature was titled "Greek Bearing Gifts." We loved that. If she really turned 60 last week, she'd have been 18, going on 19, at the time her photos were taken. Do we believe that? ME: i'm falling in love with some one (not jessica) >What does one need to know about "Naughty Marietta"? One needs to know that I have a lovely boxed set published by The Smithsonian Collection. This lovely boxed set has a lovely 24 page booklet. The lovely 24-page booklet has neither the words to the songs nor the spoken dialog (which is not on the records.) In fact here's what I wrote to you in Mar 2002: I went online tonight to find the libretto (book?) to Victor Herbert's Naughty Marietta. That's one I bought from Saturday's sale (2 bits), but in spite of a 24-page booklet, there's no libretto. Couldn't find one online, which is par for me in general, and par for me and online libretti. One needs to know that the Smithsonian album makes the surprising claim: "This album marks the first complete recording not only of Naughty Marietta but of any Herbert score..." One needs to know that some of the music is really pretty nice - not a given in the field of American "operetta". Italian Street Song uses a device that is familiar to American operetta, and which I wish real opera would lower itself to now and then. The whole cast is singing up a storm, and then the soprano takes off soaring above everybody with an independent line. It's so *gear*. One needs to know that at the Library of Congress, if you call up orchestral arrangements of works by Herbert you will get dozens of boxes - but the one for "N" is missing. Note that this would also cover his real opera, Natoma. One needs to know that Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life is track 4, side 2, record 7 of the 10-record set, "The Famous Choraliers and the Longines Symphonette In The World's Most Honored Songs". Actually, one can forget that now that it's album 7, track 8 on my mp3 disc. One needs to read an eyewitness account of a Naughty Marietta performance, this from my internet friend from Jul 2001: Naughty Marietta was delightful. There's something about soldiers dressed in buckskin comin' through the forest singin' "opera" . . . somethin' ludicrous . . . and really fun. Marietta's poor disguise as a gypsy boy was a hoot, as was the exaggerated reaction when the Louisianans discovered that their esteemed French governor was the nefarious pirate Bras Picque. And the overture was terrific. I kept wondering if it was WC's orchestration but never had a chance to ask. WC is her great-grandfather William Christopher O'Hare. One needs to know cusb-cyl1948d.mp3, but not too bad. One needs to know that I remember thinking when I was listening to Naughty Marietta that it's plot is very similar to a more famous opera or operetta, but I can't think of what I was thinking of right now, so forget it. THEE: Re: NPR.org - Uncovering the True History of the Funerary Violin 'Just in time for Halloween. Perhaps this can be an outlet for the "starving musician". Very interesting. ME: ah sweet mystery of death If you all-things-consider everyday, you already know this. It's the typical unbelievably worthless fare - except the musical selections are just as unbelievably life-changing. Start with the 1913 recording. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6202644&sc=emaf ME: What a wonderful collection you have. I have a lot of my mother's old Operatic and classical LPs and some 45s and 78s. Maybe I have something you might need - who knows. May I have a mailing address for thee as well? I'd love to send you my "The World's Favorite Cluckoratura Arias" CD as an additional thank you. Please check my website and see if you think you can stand it - www.orrielsmith.com (Certainly would add variety to your Operatic collection!) ME: I'm disappointed with the recording, but I hope it's good enough to serve its purpose. I knew that one of my Aria Senza Voce records had been abused by its previous owner, and it turned out to be the Lyric Soprano one - lucky you. :( The owner must have "cleaned" it with some sort of goop that dried to a sort of insoluble, sticky residue. I made 2 discs, one which is straight and unaltered from the record, and the second where I applied "light" hiss removal and "very mild" click removal. (This was in a sound editing program called Goldwave.) To my ears, the noise reduction sounds heavy- handed, leaving the music dull-sounding. But maybe the brightness of the original is an artifact of the background hiss and swish. Anyhow, don't let all this scare you off; one or the other or both might do just fine. And you might know somebody with sound editing experience who could take the straight recording and very quickly and easily remove just the right amount of noise. I have to chuckle at some of the notes I wrote when I first got the record. I thought "senza voce" meant I was adding another "opera without words" record to my collection, where they used a viola or something instead of a singer. So, for instance, I noted: "5. Micaela's Air - seems to leave out most of the melody!", and "4. In quella trine morbide - is this complete???" I took the liberty of dubbing in a "Si" at 1:54 in track 9, but, lucky for you, the sound editor mistook my voice for hiss and took it out again. [joke. the track is Mi chiamo Mimi.] Now, under the circumstances, I sure don't deserve/ a Cluckoratura cd, BUT, I can promise I'd get as big a kick out of it as anybody anywhere. Here's an album made by my guitar trio to help balance the trade, ha ha. Actually, in spite of us being amateur guitarists, the music sounds pretty good, I think. I left all of our modern headbangers off this one. ME: Here's the whole 12-record set with the Tirindelli "Reverie". You'll see he is in great company. The sound quality you hear is exactly what's on the records. It's obviously very poor compared to recordings of our time, and even compared to recordings of its time (I'm guessing late 1950s.) But it really isn't unenjoyable if you just listen to the music. I also thought you might like the actual record that has Reverie on it as a representative souvenir of the 12-record set. I had to gouge out the hole so I could reposition the disc since the grooves were off-center on this particular disc. I'd also like you to have a guitar trio cd with me and two guitar friends as a token of my appreciation for the Tirindelli/Toffoli cd you sent me. I really enjoy it! ME: I'm behind, as usual, but thought I send you a link before it grows cold. Had to think of you and G~~ when I read this editorial in the local paper. (I can never fill in the funny blank: "And New York _______ly abstains.") It's always been on my mind that I need to see 1776 somehow. Definitely sounds like it imparts more American history than 12 years of public school. [dead link to Don Flood editorial in the Dover Post] In going through Twain's Library of Humor for taping the words I had to look up, I saw lots of little marks noting things I wish I could share with somebody. I'll limit myself to this one fantastic rhyme in Darius Green And His Flying Machine referring to a bumble bee's wings: Ain't my business Importanter'n his'n is? Read a poem in "My Bookhouse - In the Nursery" called "The Elf And The Dormouse". After all these decades I finally looked up dormouse. I mean, why bother, when it's obviously some sort of mouse (that lives near the door?), or, more likely, an exact synonym for mouse. Whoops. The Old World's got the dangdest animals. (Did you know the robin redbreast in all those old stories and poems is hardly related to our robin?) Anyhow, the American Heritage gives the plural implicitly as dormouses, which I think is mighty cool. But my encyclopedia referred to dormice throughout - no fun at all. THEE: Subject: order of guitar music I am interesting in the following work ==WOO 70 HUMMEL : Concertante Duet en Pot-pourri== 17 pages I am OK to pay 20 USD (minimum fee) I use Paypal and am ready to pay upon arrival of the music My name and adress: Didier TALPAIN Institut Francais de Bratislava Sedlarska 7 812-83 Bratislava SLOVAKIA Thanks for all and bravo ! ME: Thanks for your clear order. I'm sorry you didn't ask for another piece or two for your $20. My paypal name is "donaldsauter". Enjoy! THEE: Fw: john the man I forwarded your note to G~~. Here's her reply: ----- Original Message ----- Subject: john the man =) Erica, one of the "new" archivists, had 1776 as her computer desktop awhile ago. When I saw it, I pointed and exclaimed "That's the best!!" Donald has to see it or at least listen to the soundtrack. Signing off now, courteously, G~~ ME: How's about the following Saturday? You can figure I'm more flexible than you so the best thing is probably for you to suggest a day. Doesn't even have to be a Saturday. I was thinking we could make a goal to keep it from dragging on. How about having it done by February, which is Black History Month? THEE: Re: mertz sheet music Is there any chance I could contact you by phone. I have questions about contacting REX. ME: Sure, you may call. To be honest, I don't have any good advice on getting at REX. I remember following Robert Coldwell's instructions, and the steps weren't too obvious. Someone emailed recently and told me that some REX and/or Coldwell pages are not found. I don't know how correct that is. I thought Robert Coldwell worked up a supposedly user-friendly interface to get the guitar music off of REX. I never used it. If you're interested in the Portefuille hard copies, I count up 18 works at 8 pages apiece = 145 pages. At $.22 per page, since they're all together, that's $31.90, which includes postage. That's about $1.77 per 8-page piece. Let me know if that sounds good. THEE: In Reference To The May 1954 Article About Ray Bradbury & Fahrenheit 45 Hello, I'm currently in the midst of writing an essay on Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and would like to use the following quote: "I thought I was describing a world that might evolve in four or five decades. But only a few weeks ago, in Beverly Hills one night, a husband and a wife passed me, walking their dog. I stood staring after them, absolutely stunned. The woman held in one hand a small cigarette-package-sized radio, its antenna quivering. From this sprang tiny copper wires which ended in a dainty cone plugged into her right ear. There she was, oblivious to man and dog, listening to far winds and whispers and soap- opera cries, sleep-walking, helped up and down curbs by a husband who might as well not have been there. This was not fiction. This was a new fact in our changing society. As you can see, I must start writing very fast indeed about our future world in order to stand still." The only problem is that I'm required to give the name of the article that it was taken from. I'm terribly sorry to ask, it's only that I cannot find any other archive of this sort. If you happen to know the name of the article, or section, and could pass it on to me, I would be extremely grateful. ME: Thanks for finding my page and writing. The quote wasn't taken from an article, per se. It was taken from the section at the beginning of the magazine called Contents:Playbill. I've forgotten the exact format of that section, whether "Playbill" was a subsection within something larger called "Contents", say. In any case, "Playbill" was an introductory section which gave an overview of what you'll find in that edition, and the entire quote, starting with "This issue..." was taken from Playbill. I don't have access to the magazines, so I can't take a quick look at how Playbill fit in with Contents. Maybe the modern magazines retain the exact same format. If you think you need permission to use the quote, you would have to contact Playboy. I hope this helps. ME: Again, to get rolling on the Portefuille, the way to go is to follow the instructions I sent. It would help me to know that they work, and to iron out any bugs in them. Thanks. THEE: RE: Aria Senza Voce Just to let you know, I received your package. My friend Ward and I are always trying to get better on the guitar. We were very impressed with your trio and the selections. It's a lovely CD. Thanx so much! I've been trying to conquer "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" for about 40 years. Groan. So I finally decided in frustration to sing it. I'll include a rough mix CD. I'll play with the two Senza's and see what might work, and send off the Cluckoratura tomorrow. Cluckingly yours, Orriel. THEE: Subject: Paris, and Dover A~~ is probably correct in thinking I shouldn't undertake any long car rides until my foot is a little better. I hope you don't mind if I push back picking a date for a trip to Douvres until after I see the doctor on Nov. 7. He'll let me know how the healing is progressing then. I recently received a compilation (on two DVDs because of their storage capacity) in a trade of what is purportedly EVERY Apple single, released and unreleased. Apparently, the set comes from Belmo originally. It will equal 16 "regular" CDs after I've worked some magic. I hope you're ready. Say, you once told me that the Paris Sisters inspired the Beatles. It had something to do with their lisp, but I don't remember any more than that. Can you refresh my memory? ME: By all means, get your foot healed up. You're ahead of me on the Paris Sisters - I feel like I had never heard of them. But it is their song "I love how you love me" that Lewisohn credits for all the "zh" sounds in Beatle vocals. Actually he only mentioned one example (which isn't jumping to mind right now) but I think I've snagged 6 or more in their opera (plural for works.) http://www.lyricz.net/P/Paris+Sisters/73243/ >It will equal 16 "regular" CDs after I've worked some magic. I hope you're ready. I'm much more ready for 2 mp3 discs. THEE: Can you answer a question about Family Feud I am wondering if you can clear up a question with regard to the standard rules of Family Feud? If the team who gets control of the round by answering the first question correctly and with the most point value, decides to pass the question to the other team and that team cannot get all the answers before they get three strikes, who wins the round? Thank you for any help you can give me on this question. ME: The information you supply is not enough to know who gets the points for that round. Whenever the team that "plays" does not run the board, so to speak, and get *all* of the survey responses, the other team then gets a chance to steal all the points away by guessing *any* one of the responses still concealed on the board. If the team who gets control of the round decides to "pass", they are effectively saying, "We don't think we're good enough to run the board, but we think we can get one of the leftovers." Hope that answers your question. ME: I got your message. It's easy to find that a hummingbird generally lays 2 eggs at a time. It's harder to find out how often they lay eggs. It seems that most hummingbirds die in their first year, but if they survive that they live to about 3 or 4 years old. Type "hummingbird" into Google and see if you can find a better answer. ME: FURNACE: Is a heat pump the way to go? I insist that whatever heating system is installed, it must be QUIET. I want control over the fan speed. HOT WATER: I need to understand my options: tank or tankless system? Or point of use hot water heaters at each fixture? I am a very LOW LEVEL hot water user. I turn on hot water less than twice a day, the first time (for shaving) for just a few cupfuls. If a hot water heater is the way to go, I want it located in my utility area (near the furnace) where it will be closer to all my hot water usage. Would one point-of-use hot water heater serve both the washer and the bathtub, which are on opposite sides of a wall? I want out of service plumbing under the house removed. The fewer pipes, the less chance of broken pipes. Should this job be coordinated with closing off obsolete vents in my ceiling and roof? I count up about 6 vents I will no longer need: 1. from water heater 2. from furnace 3. plumbing vent out of guest bathroom 4. fan in guest bathroom 5. fan over stove (or maybe fan into attic) 6. fan over master bathroom (or maybe fan into attic) THEE: The only "zh" I can think of in the Beatles oeuvre is "shweeter than wine." I had to go cover a meeting in Georgetown today and even though I took a cab for the eight-block journey, what little walking I did hurt me bleedin' foot. This stinks! ME: Subject: anybody read The God Delusion? Does Dawkins get around to explaining the difference between "GOD did it", and "NATURE did it", besides spelling, I mean? ME: Don't know if I mentioned my ISP has not been letting me online for the last week and a half or so. Have no idea how to resolve the problem in this day of zero personal attention. Anyhow, that's part of the excuse for going light on email. Sorry about the goofs in the review. Gives me the nudge to pass on the Meet Your Neighbor feature I mentioned - in all it's glorious embarrassment. The second time around they actually sent me the set up copy for my approval. They had introduced 10 or more errors, which I told them about. I've never seen the final article, figuring that it's better not to know. I figure they didn't correct the errors, or introduced 10 times 10 errors in doing so. Not really a big deal. I appreciate them giving me the opportunity to talk to a state's worth of people. So far, I haven't observed too many of my ideas being implemented, but you gotta do what you gotta do. http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/meet.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/meet-your-neighbor.htm ] ME: I recently whipped up a cd of miscellaneous things for my guitar friend Norm. The idea was, it was for him alone, not mass distribution. But there might be a thing or two on there that others might find fun. In any case, you could monitor every radio station on the dial for a year and maybe hear one piece on the cd. Want a copy? I figure it's safer to ask, since even though it's just an audio post card that anybody can skip through and throw out, it can terrorize a busy person if it arrives out of the blue. I got another email from the cluckoratura lady recently. She needed a hard-to-find recording in my collection. I said, sure, I'd make a cd of it. She said she'd send me her chicken cd, which I know I'll get a big kick out of. It might be in my mailbox now. At the same time I sent a copy of the guitar trio cd, and she was very impressed by that. Apparently, she's been playing the guitar, or trying to, for 40 years. Said she gave up on one of the warhorses in our repertoire, Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra, and decided to sing it instead. Hmmm, it's just occurring to me that that's not so unusual; Nana Mouskouri and others have recorded it. THEE: Re: won't you be my . . . Like you said in your Meet Your Neighbor notes, a few years ago, even science fiction wouldn't have imagined the world we live in. Heck, I recall watching TV as a kid (probably Captain Video) and seeing machines with push-buttons that allowed people to get food out of them. Impossible, my brother and I thought! >I've never seen the final article, figuring that it's better not to know. Yup, that's a lesson I'm learning. If it's something I wrote, such as an article, I generally don't read the published copy, figuring they can't have done anything too bad to it. I skimmed that JopFest review just to see if I'd made the cut and was horrified by what I read. >So far, I haven't observed too many of my ideas being implemented, but you gotta do what you gotta do. As long as it doesn't include kickin' houn' dawgs, I'm with you. Thanks for the link, which I read in full. You'll never get me to change to base 8, though. THEE: >Hmmm, it's just occurring to me that that's not so unusual; Nana Mouskouri and others have recorded it. But I bet Nana Mouskouri didn't cluck it! THEE: alternative views... Hello; I just came across your website today and found it very refreshing, and I thought you might enjoy something in mine.... www.cosmologyawakening.com...which is a little on the radical side. Thanks and best wishes, Matthew Watts ME: Thanks for visiting, and the kind words. The web has gotten so big and commercial, it's hard to imagine how anybody can find a personal site anymore. Will definitely look into your radicalness. ME: Nov 4 sounds great to me. Here's the address we'll be shooting for on our first session, no matter when. 74 Old Mill Bottom Road North Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 757-2222 super8.com THEE: Subject: Your webpage Hi! I didn't get to read everything - I focused on your Kumon Center experience. I know you are telling the truth because my kids are in Kumon and I even attempted to become a Kumon instructor myself. I don't have time right now to tell you about that. However, I can tell you are a caring, sensitive person. What Kumon management doesn't realize is that the mentoring is a very important part of the entire experience. I want my children to connect with someone who will encourage them to reach for the stars and be everything they can be. So far, Kumon has been very helpful. This goes along with what you said in your blog. My daughter is in 5th grade and is finishing up level D and moving to E. This has been great for her, because she's started to have a self-image of herself as a "math whiz." My son, who has a physical handicap and is chronically ill, is a bit further behind. However, his daily Kumon work is really helping him, too. He was much more discouraged, so getting him to the "math whiz" stage of self-confidence will take longer. However, I'm proud to say that his Kumon instructor is continually bright and encouraging. She's not a surface person, she's genuinely kind and just is herself - which I consider the highest compliment I can give a person. Reading your blog has given me food for thought. I'll read it again soon, I'm sure. Thank you for publishing. One more thing - If I were East Coast Manager of Kumon, I would have kept you on or perhaps put you into a management position. I would have utilized your criticisms in a positive way, searching for ways to make the method (and company) a better one. I would have put you head to head with someone who wanted status quo in a professional, high-school debate type method. For example, "Resolved: Kumon instructors cannot do their own worksheets." Or, "Resolved: Kumon Level __blank__ is not: (a) broken down sufficiently; (b) well connected to surrounding material; (c) suffiently enlightening, etc. You and your opponent would both have to argue both sides and the result would be very enlightening. However, Kumon is what it is. Limited, yes. But the positives are there. Start the child with easy to master material, and gradually move upward. Give them the chance to drill and practice. Get them into the habit of daily study. My son's middle school teacher throws difficult new material at him, gives him about 5-6 problems to practice with, doesn't even check his work to see that he's actually "getting it." And then gives him tests and makes sure to write, in red, "D" "E" or "F" in great big red letters. And that's what's happening, he's racking up flunking grades. Yet, when the material is presented to him in a sane, sensible way, he does great with it. Guess where his self- esteem is? ME: >One more thing - If I were East Coast Manager of Kumon, I would have kept you on or perhaps put you into a management position. They could have had me for minimum wage, part-time, no benefits. I agree there are benefits to Kumon, but I suspect they are confined, in math, to the lowest levels. I'm curious how your daughter will feel about it when she gets out of arithmetic into mathematics. Let me know! THEE: >Going through the English fairy tales really has me missing good ol' Harry. I'd have a list of words and expressions and characters a mile long to ask him about. Yeah, I bet. A British dictionary would help with words, but probably not with expressions. Maybe I can find out what you need to do to access the Oxford English Dictionary online THEE: Piano & Guitar music Thank you very much for your web pages about piano & guitar music in the Library of Congress. I spent many happy hours exploring the collection there years ago, and I left with as many photocopies as I could, but I knew there was much more than what I had seen. I am interested in purchasing quite a few of your 'restored' pieces, but before I go and make a firm order, I'd like to ask if any of your material is in digital format (such as PDF), and could be either emailed, or sent on a CD. My reasons for asking this are twofold. First of all, I'm in the UK, and it would be costly to send hundreds of pages to me. Secondly, I work for music publishers, and my life is more than filled with papers of every description, and I prefer to keep digital files of as much as I can and only print things as and when I need them. (I've become quite comfortable sight-reading off a computer screen, too.) I am not looking for a discount; your price of $.24 per page is more than reasonable for the work you have done. I'm just trying to save you the hassle of posting the pages, and to save paper. Please let me know what you think. Whatever your decision, I will certainly make a first order of around 180 pages. ME: Thanks for asking about the gtr & pf music. I'm glad you're flexible regarding paper vs. digits because paper is all I can offer. I don't know how other people do it, but for me to digitize those pages one by one, somehow store it all, and email them off is hardly imaginable. Others have asked the same question and my jokey - but not so jokey - response is, digital copies cost $100 per page. Who knows, maybe some people aren't concerned about a $99.76 per page service charge. (I lose more customers that way!) It sounds like you might have been a good prospect for my offer of shooting double-sided copies and even binding the guitar and piano parts in two, nice matched booklets, but that offer is expired. Look on the bright side, 180 pages is only a stack of paper 1.8 cm high, AND you can run it through a copier yourself in seconds to create a performance copy. Try that with digits! Looking forward to helping you fill out your collection. Don't let my goofing around scare *you* off! ME: I got the cds - they're great! I laughed all the way through Cluckoratura, and haven't stopped since. On a more sober note, it gave me the nudge to study up on Dinorah and see how the Shadow Song fits in. I have synopses of the opera in about 10 books, and 6 other versions of the Shadow Song in my collection. You win! (Well, you share top honors with Selma Kurz, who is unbelievable in a more conventional way.) By the way, have you heard Maria Galvany's Queen of the Night on the UCSB cylinder site? I don't have a precise link but after googling "ucsb" and "cylinder", this info should help get you there: the title is "Il flauto magico. Aria della Regina [Zauberflo"te. selections]". The actual file name is cusb-cyl2353d.mp3 . I think searching on 2353 might do it. Even though she doesn't nail all the top notes, you won't be disappointed! The Ghosts of the Alhambra came just in the nick of time. While waiting for a little friend to go trick or treating with in Dover's most upscale neighborhood, I had it playing at a goodly volume in my car with the windows down while all the halloweeners passed by. So you're being played coast to coast! ME: I stumbled on the solution to my ISP problem - they changed all the phone numbers, in Delaware if not all over. No mention of that on their web site, and I didn't get a notice. Had a great Halloween. I probably mentioned last year that Mizan won 1st place for the Mexican costume with the humongous guitar, and that I was bummed that the paper didn't have photogs there. I figured correctly that Mizan would trick or treat Joe's house this year, and she was a good sport about putting on the costume one more time. I should get some photos this time. Halloween was a blast in Joe's neighborhood. Joe invites everybody in for cupcakes, cookies, and cider, and has a "halloween garden" with little moving characters. The other residents went all out, with zombie butlers, brewing cauldrons, cobwebbed doors, flying bats, a wolf who comes to the door in Red Riding Hood's granny's dress with a big axe, etc. etc. Mizan was scared to death, and Krystal got a heart attack from the butler. Twice, even. After we had moved on halfway up the block, I swear he appeared out of nowhere behind us. I had just looked down the sidewalk seconds before. The day before I got the cds from Orriel, the chicken lady. I haven't stopped laughing since. The bonus cd was very timely. No, she didn't cluck Recuerdos de la Alhambre - the two vocalized guitar pieces were done ghostly. In fact, she named the 2-song cd, "Ghosts from the Alhambre". (The other song is usually called Romanza and is probably the most-played piece of budding classical guitarists the world over.) So I got good use out of that waiting for Krystal and Mizan in Joe's neighborhood, playing it at a goodly volume in my car with the windows down while all the halloweeners passed by. >Thanks for the link, which I read in full. You'll never get me to change to base 8, though. Yeah, yeah, and you were one of those people who kicked and screamed at the demise of cuneiform writing on clay tablets. After all, it worked perfectly fine for 3000 years. But look at you now, peckin' away at a computer. And don't ever let me catch you talking about halves, quarters, etc., of anything, like inches, cups, miles, hours, etc. etc. I set a record this year, not finding out about the clock change until the middle of Monday. ME: serendipity I stumbled on the solution to my ISP problem - they changed all the phone numbers, in Delaware if not all over. No mention of that on their web site, and I didn't get a notice. No technical assistance means no technical assistance. Found out accidentally yesterday that I don't have to finalize cds to read them into my computer. Man, that saves a lot of time and bother. I almost feel like I'm doing something illegal. ME: Hey, I didn't know Sunday was an option, but that works fine for me. Here's your assignment: get the opera versions of the first 5 pieces fixed in your brain, and then play through both parts of each piece once a day between now and Sunday. (Not that you need any of that!) Do you need a wire music stand? I'll buy one if necessary. ME: Here's a checklist to make sure we don't make the trip for nothing. Can you think of anything I'm forgetting? You: 6 bound books of JH duos - three each, primo and secondo No. 13 (Norma no. 1) on separate pages all cds (three?) with operatic versions two guitars music stand footstool earphones Me: tape deck (maybe two?) bunch of blank tapes two mics two mic holders (clamp onto music stand post) music - my batch of performance copies opera libretti (probably not needed, but can't hurt) music stand footstool tuner metronome office supplies - fine pen, whiteout, pens, erasers, paper, etc. guitar (just in case) capo earphone jack adaptor earphone jack splitter for two sets, if I find one Both: prepared for Nos. 10, 13, 14, 15, 17. Destination: super8.com 74 Old Mill Bottom Road North Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 757-2222 THEE: Re: serendipity Wow, I live for setting my clock back an hour. Sunday was so great. I haven't tried the non-finalizing trick. I'm happy just to finalize. It seems not to slow me down too much. THEE: Re: NPR.org - Uncovering the True History of the Funerary Violin What I wanna know is how anyone has the imagination to fake all of this and make a living at it to boot. THEE: Subject: Kumon in general I think there is frustration with the frustration that we often feel is the difference between what the Kumon student is working on and the current classroom work level. I know each franchise has their "business model" that you are supposed to follow. I am wondering if you can "Modify" the model a little and combine some things or "skip" some levels. For example, the article makes a great point about numbers here, "Neither are "fact families" recognized. Kumon is "old- fashioned", and that has a certain attraction, but I'd like to think that fact families are not some flaky, modern concept. In the Kumon worksheets there is no connecting of 4+3=7 with 3+4=7 and 7-3=4 and 7-4=3. That's four math facts for the price of one! I would also argue that as soon as a student with number sense learns 4+3=7 he's ready for 14+3=17 and 54+3=57 and 40+30=70 and 2004+3=2007 and 942+30=972 and 4,000,000,000,000+3,000,000,000,000=7,000,000,000,000. Four plus three is seven whenever they're in the same place - isn't that neat? But there are no lessons like this in Kumon. In Kumon, big numbers are rarer than hen's teeth. In my experience, kids love big numbers. Giving an answer in the trillions, quadrillions and quintillions is a blast and makes a kid feel real smart, and justifiably so. Just playing around with big numbers is a fun and easy way to a solid number sense. With Kailey and Nikki they have a pretty good grasp with addition and subtraction. What do think the result would be if you move Kailey to multiplication and fractions? I fully understand you must build a "base", but why not try to modify the Kumon method? My intent is not to go against the Kumon method but perhaps it can be modified. I own a Franchise too, "Help U Sell" and they have a business model just as all franchises do. Most things though are not black and white and can be modified slightly utilizing the underlying principles to produce better results. THEE: Subject: Roger, Marietta, and me Well, I mean, I knew all that about "Naughty M." Really, what I needed to know was whether you needed a radio rarity from it. I believe the answer is yes! In other news, I attach a photo of Roger Daltrey. I hope this doesn't take you too long to download. It's a still from the official DVD of the Who's Sept. 12 concert in Philadelphia. Cast your eye to the extreme lower right corner. Regard the tall, bald fellow. That's our pal M~~. His wife C~~, in red, stands two places to his right and who's that between 'em, partially blocked by a mic stand? Why, it's your obd't servant! It's my best likeness. (See attached file: Roger and me.jpg) ME: Great photo, congratulations! Shime about the mic stand; guess that knocks the stuffins out of your royalties. I'll take your word for it that Roger's somewhere behind the old stagehand in the blue tee shirt. [joke. that's roger.] In honor of your Who experience, I read a story the same day with the word "trews". It was a big day in pop music for me; later I read a story with the word "plasticine". THEE: Roger's getting by. He looks and sounds fairly good for age 62. There may be better stills of me on that DVD. I just haven't looked yet. I like that one, however. Remind me of the word "trews." I feel I should know it. THEE: Subject: Glow Girl Of course! I was thinking it was in a Beatles song. THEE: Subject: Fermi Paradox Just read your article concerning writings about the fermi paradox. It occurs to me that one explanation that continually gets overlooked is this. Accidental self annihilation. Here are my axioms:- 1. Yes ther are other civilisations. Although conditions for the emergence of life( and the sustainability for the length of time needed for an intelligent species to evolve and develope into a sophisticated civilization) may be rare, with 100,000,000,000 star systems in the galaxy, I'd say it is a given that civilizations exist. And thats just one galaxy. 2. Any intelligent life outside the solar system, would be driven by the same forces of natural selection that exist here on earth. the nature of DNA is such that the first and second most important drives are that of self preservation and procreation. Any species not adhering to these prime driving forces will be come extinct.(see Darwin etc.) 3. As we become more intelligent we overcome the evolutionarry forces that have driven us thusfar. The quest for knowledge is more dynamic than the evolutionary forces governing our developement. See what happened to the Curies. "Oh radium, a new material, it glows in the dark, thats interesting, lets see what else it can do, oh shit i've got cancer". The whole history of science is littered with mistakes where someone trying to further the human race just causes a new headache for everyone. DDT, gunpowder, nuclear fall out and the like. 4. To get a spacecraft to travel the vast distances between the stars in a timescale that would make it worth it, some major science will be needed. I'm talking controling dark matter, the generation of artificial black holes and the like. 5. given human history and the current ethos of we will try anything even if we havent a clue of the consequences. I'm talking the LHC and other modern day projects. Is it not likely that before we travel to alpa centauri we are going to blow up the world. 6. Any other of the millions of civilization s that exist or have existed, will go through the same processes as ours and that is why none have ever made it to our planet. It seems good logic to me. What do you think? Am i mad. Please share my thoughts with others. 'cause it seems to me that six billion people are happily cruising along through life without an inkeling of what may be about to happen. ME: Thanks a million for writing - I don't get too many comments on my pages, and even less on my older ones. I'm certainly no more of an authority on this subject than you or anyone else, but it seems to me you base your argument on *all* civilizations out there thinking and behaving and falling into the same traps as us. And even that assumes that it is impossible that the human race will come to its senses before it wipes itself out. Yes, it doesn't seem likely, but impossible is a pretty strong word. Responding to one specific axiom, no. 4, I point out that humans already have spacecraft flying between the stars - and that was not even a conscious goal of the project! Now if you can imagine immortal races (I can), or suspended animation (bears are good at that), or races with no notion of boredom (or a good supply of pleasure drugs) - bingo! you've got interstellar travel! And even supposing I'm oversimplifying, and there is, in fact, no further scientific breakthrough to be had regarding space travel, there is still the question of why no one has communicated with us. That would be a cinch, relatively speaking. I really don't think I'm just being hard headed; I honestly have never heard an argument from anyone that has made me stop for a moment and think, yes, that limitation would surely apply to *every* advanced race that develops. THEE: Subject: Your Recommendations for Guitar/Piano Music Donald, Amazing website! I'm a pianist/piano teacher and don't know anything about guitar/piano duets. Are there any particular pieces listed from your website that you recommend? I'm an accomplished pianist, but I'm looking for something that wouldn't require a large time investment on my part but is still enjoyable. I have a neighbor who plays guitar - I was thrilled to find that there is quite a bit of guitar/piano music! ME: Thanks for visiting, and for writing. To be honest, I have a general phobia about making recommendations of anything - that's usually the kiss of death! I'm even more chicken regarding music recommendations. I don't pretend there are any undiscovered Beethovens in there. Me, personally, I had a great time with *all* of the pieces (except Giuliani's Variations et Polonoise, which is an exercise in frustration for a guitarist of my caliber.) I think you should have your neighbor look the list over - he might have favorite guitar composers. Also, at a couple o' bucks per, the pieces are priced for throwing caution to the wind! THEE: i'm re-organizing all my mozart piano concertos/sonatas... and, well, i know what the K numbers mean, but on a good deal of these sonatas, there are additional numbers/letters that i have no clue about. for example, Piano Sonata No.5 - K283 (189h) - what's that last part mean? any help would be awesome!! thanks ME: I'm afraid I can't help too much. I remember looking at a book of Koechel nos. at the Library of Congress and feeling somewhat confused by it all. The book was in German, for one thing. I think that some of the numbers changed in various editions. Mozart's Musikalisches Wuerfelspiel, for example, had an appended "f" - K516f. I'm looking at the Mozart entry in the 1935 Grove's, and I don't see any instances of a second number following in parentheses. This is just a shot in the dark guess, but maybe it has to do with a new number being assigned to the piece; K189h became K283? I see a bunch references to "K189H/283" on the web. That's in G major, right? It looks like K189 is a sonata in C major. In my old Grove's, the lowest K no. for his piano sonatas is 279. I just did another search. Check this site out: http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Strasse/1025/1771to1775.html It lists K1 and K6 numbers, which makes me think again there's a new and old system. Good luck confirming the real truth! THEE: Re: spooks i guess >The other residents went all out, with zombie butlers, brewing cauldrons, cobwebbed doors, flying bats, a wolf who comes to the door in Red Riding Hood's granny's dress with a big axe, etc. etc. Mizan was scared to death, and Krystal got a heart attack from the butler. Twice, even. After we had moved on halfway up the block, I swear he appeared out of nowhere behind us. I had just looked down the sidewalk seconds before. Wow, this sounds impressive--more like a spook house than a neighborhood. Also, most people today wouldn't let their kids enter a house for food for fear of the person whose house it was or of poison. Oh, what the world has come to. >>Thanks for the link, which I read in full. You'll never get me to change to base 8, though. >Yeah, yeah, and you were one of those people who kicked and screamed at the demise of cuneiform writing on clay tablets. After all, it worked perfectly fine for 3000 years! But look at you now, peckin' away at a computer. And don't ever let me catch you talking about halves, quarters, etc., of anything, like inches, cups, miles, hours, etc. etc. Hey, they work. I reckon I could survive a shift to metrics to come into conformity with much of the world . . . if it ever comes to that, but unless the whole world is gonna be consistent, what's the point? [my point was that halves and quarters are base 8.] >I set a record this year, not finding out about the clock change until the middle of Monday. Whenever I can gain an hour, I don't miss the opportunity! "Happy Birthday, Norm!" is in the front seat of my car, waiting for tomorrow's drive. ME: A short one, while I'm right on line, so as not to let the backlog grow out of control. Thanks for the Halloween card. It was a scream. >Also, most people today wouldn't let their kids enter a house for food for fear of the person whose house it was or of poison. Oh, what the world has come to. Keep in mind that Dover is maybe a little behind modern, mainstream America. Also, people here would probably trust Joe above the mayor. >If you get photos, they would be fun to see. Haven't gotten them yet, which worries me a little. I was told emailing them off was as simple as a click. >"Happy Birthday, Norm!" is in the front seat of my car, Would you give Norm a call for me? He hasn't listened to it yet - and his commute is probably twice yours. Never mind that he doesn't do anything with his free time at home. He hasn't listened to the previous one either. >>And don't ever let me catch you talking about halves, quarters, etc., of anything, like inches, cups, miles, hours, etc. etc. >Hey, they work. Of course, they work! - that's the point! Halves of halves of . . . is the only way that works! That's why we need base 8! (Had enough "!"s yet?!!) By the way, making a big to-do out of my base 8 proposal is sort of tongue-in-cheeky. I know it's a toughy. On the other hand, the other 3 proposals made at the same time - a system of natural units, streamlined scientific notation, and universal second language - could be implemented tomorrow with no disruption to things as they currently are. >unless the whold world is gonna be consistent, what's the point? What's the problem? If it's a U.S. idea we can bomb the rest of the world into compliance. Started a guitar recording project with my friend Bob yesterday. Since we live so far apart I came up with the idea of renting a centralized motel room as a studio. That was in the Annapolis area. Of course, you'll get a copy of the final product. But don't start holding your breath quite yet. ME: take 3 I've put another copy of the Lyric Soprano album in the mail - I hope it's not too late. I'm pretty sure it sounds better than the first two, although whether that's good enough, I don't know. This time I gave it a shot of WD-40 (which had no effect, it turned out) and applied a mild click-pop remover in the sound editing program. Hope it works better for you. THEE: I'd send you a couple of the latest pics from Tallahassee. I'm not happy about the scooter, but they needed a second set of wheels now that Meredith has landed a job in the International Center at Florida State. Of course, scooters are a way of life in Italy. ME: Week of Thanksgiving sounds great. How about Monday, Nov 20? Here's the revised current assignment: 3Fra Diavolo 11Masaniello 12Oberon 17Sonnambula 19Favorite You also have another assignment: teach me how to get a fat, rich sound, or at least fatter and richer. Until then, I have to keep completely to Secondo. Besides that, our recordings sound *great* - much better than the trios. THEE: Subject: New Physics Paradigm I thought you might be interested in a new paradigm that I've developed which overthrows many of the theories of physics, and integrates science. You can find it at http://members.westnet.com.au/paradigm/essay1.pdf ME: tha dachshund sonc Amazing find! Did some website have a reasonbly accurate text version in the background? My second search, on "dawg" turned up this: J
ME: Hardly after getting into my car, these words came to me: Carthage Punic Wars Hamilcar I did two Google searches: "light bulb went off" 73,000 hits "light bulb went on" 53,100 hits I doubt too many people even stumbled a second over it. Now if I said, "light bulbs going out" . . . Found no evidence of legal action regarding Sam I Am soundtrack. ME: I just took a quick glance at Meet Your Neighbor. They did not reinstate my funniest line - "(It sure beats that mug shot over there.)" That's it, I'm not looking any further. No thank you note for Beth. THEE: >>I get so many miscellaneous O'Hare notices in my e-mail that I nearly ignored this one when I noticed it was a 1939 issue of Etude. Couldn't be anything interesting . . . >Neat catch. Am I to take this at face value, that an O'Hare mention in an old Etude magazine is usually old-hat for you? No, no, no. Most of the O'Hare notices I receive have nothing to do with W.C. even when they come from the ebay musical instruments category, which includes sheet music. Initially, I was surprised at all the other O'Hares, the most common of which are the boy singer (Master Joe O'Hare) and the band leader, Husk O'Hare. I figured 1939 Etude would have nothing to do with W.C. Fortunately, my curiosity won out. WC woulda been 72 in 1939. Pretty neat that he made it into Etude at that time. >What's wrong with a scooter? *Coconut*, on the other hand . . . Nothing really wrong with a scooter other than the danger factor in heavy traffic. As an M.A. student in Iowa, I had a boyfriend for a few months, a math grad student, with only a motorcycle. Since I had no car either, that was our transportation, and it was great fun. But I was young and reckless back then, I guess, and we were in a town of only 25,000. The kids aren't the worriers, but the moms are. And what's wrong with coconut? It's a food of the gods . . . right up there with ambrosia and manna. Speaking of birthdays, I discovered a new type of birthday candle today. The ones that re-light used to be fun but are old now. These are curvy-shaped, fat ones with colored flames. In fact, the various candles have different colored flames. The birthday party was a surprise for our campus provost, planned by her daughter who is a student in our vet. tech program. I was expecting to hear that she found the candles at a party supply store or some such specialty shop, and I asked. "I got them at Wal-Mart," she replied. She had also bought a box that included several dozen balloons and a sufficient amount of helium to inflate them--at Wal-Mart, of course. Between the balloons, the cake, the 6-foot sub sandwich, pizza, and punch, we had quite a lunch-time bash. Btw, if you ever have a cause to buy birthday candles, these come in a black box. I plan to get some and stash them away until needed. ME: to:President@AmericanLiteracy.com Dear American Literacy Council, I believe efforts to "correct" the spelling of English words are misguided. I believe all that effort should be put into the creation of Universal Second Language. I make my points in a very short web page: http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/usl.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/universal-second-language.htm ] Thanks for your time and attention! THEE: Re: spelling reform Thanks. I like the idea of a universal language. Esperanto is not very good -- to many needless grammatical rules and inflections. (English does fine without them, showing them to be needless wastes of time.) Interlingua was much better, and Ogden's Basic was promising. A woman at Columbia had Small English, which may have been better, but I've never been able to find out much. English is great on grammar, but makes up for it thru the terrible spelling; hence our interest in fixing that. The most interesting book I found on all this was The Loom of Language, by Bodner I think. Jumps around a bit but has lots of fascinating material. I think you'd like it. PS Here is my old web page, poorly maintained but with links to my Ogden pages. If a link doesn't work, try to edit out the diac.com part -- thet was the old ISP. http://www.ententetranslator.com/btrspl.html Here is the Kids' page, with a link to the poem The Chaos (link doesn't work but just scroll down to it. It tells what others *really* think of our spelling. http://www.ententetranslator.com/spkids.htm ME: food fight >And what's wrong with coconut? It's a food of the gods . . . right up there with ambrosia and manna. Of all the foods that people split people into two camps, coconut intrigues me the most. I often get the impression that coconut lovers aren't even aware that there are coconut haters, but I wonder if maybe we're the majority. I remember an airline meal once where the dessert looked exactly like some nice cinnamon- apple cake. Almost always, anything with coconut has the tell- tale scary rough and scratchy look that fits its taste and texture so perfectly. But this didn't. So I took an unsuspecting bite - the first and last. Talk about a major disappointment! And then I did an experiment. I craned my head this way and that to get glimpses of as many meal trays as I could - and every single one had a dessert sitting there with exactly one little corner bit off. I suggested to the spelling reform group, the American Literacy Council, that they might sink their efforts into a universal second language. The prez sent a nice reply and invited me to this site. I had heard of Ogden's Basic English, but had no idea he had it pared down to 850 words. I was curious about their spelling programs and downloaded the smallest one. Might as well start getting used to it: Of al th foods that peple split peple into two camps, coconut intrigues me th most. I ofn get th impression that coconut lovers aren't even aware that ther ar coconut haters, but I wondr if maybe we'r th majority. This one has a tiny dictionary, which is why it lets crazy things like "intrigue" and "impression" by. THEE: Re: food fight >Of all the foods that people split people into two camps, coconut intrigues me the most. I often get the impression that coconut lovers aren't even aware that there are coconut haters, but I wonder if maybe we're the majority. I remember an airline meal once where the dessert looked exactly like some nice cinnamon-apple cake. Almost always, anything with coconut has the tell-tale, scary rough and scratchy look that fits its taste and texture so perfectly. But this didn't. So I took an unsuspecting bite - the first and last. Talk about a major disappointment! And then I did an experiment. I craned my head this way and that to get glimpses of as many meal trays as I could - and every single one had a dessert sitting there with exactly one little corner bitten off. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. When the kids used to be home, it was three to one. Only Meghan hated coconut. As a kid, though, I didn't have a family member who disliked coconut--parents, my brother and me, my grandparents, and all other relatives in town (which, admittedly, numbered exactly three that we ever ate with)--all numbered among the pro-coconut political contingent. Now raisins . . . they're another matter. I like them plain, but that's 'bout it. I~~ and E~~ don't touch them if they can help it. R~~ chokes them down in panettone. >I had heard of Ogden's Basic English, but had no idea he had it pared down to 850 words. A good kettle of fish . . . And what's this guy doing suggesting the addition of alcohol, beer, vodka, whisky . . . algebra, arithmetic, geometry, mathematics, physics . . . and opera . . . BUT no amontillado and no zwieback, no accordian and no zydeco? Not to mention (?) no dawg and no possum. Zounds! A person can be awake but can't be asleep. A person can sneeze or cough, but can't burp or hiccough. We can have a sun, but it can neither rise nor set. We can have an Earth (if this abomination permits capital letters) but it can neither rotate nor revolve. Ogden's 850 Basic English words are certainly for the birds, but they aren't for the albatross, the buzzard, the canary, the dove, the eagle, the flamingo, the grouse, the heron, the ibis, the jay, the kiwi, the lame duck, the magpie, the nightingale, the ostrich, the peacock, the quail, the roadrunner, the scissortail flycatcher, the toucan, the Ulan Bator zsu, the vulture, the whipporwill, the xanthus-bellied poppycock, the yellowhammer, or the zebra finch. >I was curious about their spelling programs and downloaded the smallest one. Might as well start getting used to it: > Of al th foods that peple split peple into two camps, > coconut intrigues me th most. I ofn get th impression > that coconut lovers aren't even aware that ther ar > coconut haters, but I wondr if maybe we'r th majority. Ogden wuz a kuku--nutz to 'im! ME: researcher blues >>Of all the foods that people split people into two camps, Now if that line doesn't give an indication of my stop-and-start writing "abilities". . . Probably saw it dozens of times before sending it off, but didn't notice until it came back. How many lashes with a wet noodle is that worth for your kiddies? >Ogden's 850 Basic English words are certainly for the birds, but they aren't for the albatross, the buzzard, the canary, the dove, the eagle, the flamingo, the grouse, the heron, the ibis, the jay, the kiwi, the lame duck, the magpie, the nightingale, the ostrich, the peacock, the quail, the roadrunner, the scissortail flycatcher, the toucan, the Ulan Bator zsu, the vulture, the whipporwill, the xanthus-bellied poppycock, the yellowhammer, or the zebra finch. Can you write a paragraph like that off the top of your head? I'm afraid to ask. Hmmm, after writing that, it think I see a fiddle on. I'll bet in Ogden's Basic, those are just bird1 thru bird26. >Ogden wuz a kuku--nutz to 'im! Hey don't bite the messenger's head off! If it works, it works, what can I say? Anyhow, I wrote them guys to tell 'em to lay off English. >Now raisins . . . they're another matter. You've mentioned that before. I had figured most people didn't have strong feelings one way or the other about raisins. I mean, I've never heard of anybody picking around them in all the cereals and cookies that have them. On the other hand, I've never heard anybody go bonkers over Raisin Bran, for example, although that could be easily explained by all the cardboard flakes between the raisins. I know Raisinets are the butt of jokes, but I didn't know it would kill anybody to eat one. I'm the opposite of you in that I find raisins are great "enhancers", but borderline unpleasant to eat plain. I find them too potent somehow; they zap the tongue. They are the only food that I can think of that is truly "too sweet". People say that all the time about things that are not too sweet at all, but I think that's to sound superior. ("Sweet is for kids.") I would put plain raisins at about 10 times as sweet as straight sugar. For me, an oatmeal cookie or a cinnamon bun without raisins is about as attractive as bread and butter without the butter (harking back to when butter had flavor, I mean.) Again, I don't view raisins as splitting humans into two subspecies, but I feel like there must be others in my camp. I can think of several times in my life when the subject of "all-time best candy" came up, and there was always someone (not me) to put in a plug for Chunkie. Nobody says, "Hershey bar", and nobody says, "raisins", but put 'em together - and pow-ee! Got a box of books at the auction today for $2. There was an old one that split itself between Pinocchio and the largest collection of Aesop fables I have in one place now. I got a 2-volume "Dictionary-Catalogue Of Operas and Operettas which have been performed on the public stage". The work was completed in 1910, when the total only ran to 28,015. Thought you might be moved by this paragraph in the Prefatory: There are many hundreds of operas and operettas, besides the 28,015 mentioned in this catalogue, which are omitted because they have not been so "performed on the public stage," wherever else thay may have been given. It would doubtless be interesting enough to have this additional list carefully compiled and made public. So far, however, as the undersigned is concrned, this undertaking must be left to other, and younger hands. The sixteen long, and weary years of close and unremitting application which have been brought to bear on the present compilation, have amply sufficed to give the compiler all the information he will ever desire to have in this world, concerning oeratic nomenclature. In his Valedictory at the end of volume 2, he writes: Warned by unmistakable symptoms of both nervous prostration and blindness, I had, unfortunately, to abandon the final revision of this book, as it came from the printer's hands, at page thirty-eight. I feel so bad; this guy sacrificed himself for *me*! It's already answered a question for me, the correct name of a Liszt opera I had never heard of mentioned in another book I got today, "Metropolitan Opera Annals". This one catalogs every performance from the beginning, in 1885, up through 1947 (in 750 pages.) What makes it really interesting is a generous helping of newspaper reviews of the operas throuhout the years. While I'm killing time trying to get sleepy so's I can go to bed, here's an extract or two I came across while working the book into my database. About "Phoebus and Pan" by J.S. Bach, which was a big surprise to me, but turned out to be a beefed up staging of a secular oratorio: "Sir Thomas was his effulgent self and save for some weird moments among the woodwinds the instrumentalists played beautifully for him." [New York Sun] "The best features of it were (a) the music, (b) the performance - with the exception of some strident hysterics among the brasses . . . The singing, or most of it, was in style, one supposes. There was nothing furiously exciting about it, at any rate." [New York World-Telegram] About the young Rosa Ponselle in a 1918 Oberon: "Her scale is seamless, so equal are her tones from top to bottom. Her personality is pleasing, her acting immature. "She was a buxom, well-proportioned figure, and in Turkish trousers she was fascinating..." Um, I guess I'll stop there. THEE: A Joe Pope (of Strawberryfields Magazine fame) story..... I just stumbled on your website and found it most interesting. I was amused to find you had contact with a Joe Pope of SFF magazine fame. Here is a Joe Pope story: While a student at Boston University, I would spend my summers in Boston working at a men's clothing store. In the summer of '79, one customer was an "aging hippie" whom I made small talk with. He carried a small black brief case which he opened to show me a copy of SFF and a 45 disc on the Epic Record label. There was a picture (in color) of the Beatles circa 1962 dressed as court jesters. Mr. Pope introduced himself (and one can never forget a name like "Joe Pope") and explained to me of his magazine, as his love for everything and anything dealing with the Fab Four. He was amazed by my knowledge of them as well. Concerning the 45, he explained that it was a 1962 demo of a song never released by the Beatles (though I can't remember its name) that caused Epic to turn down the greatest rock group in history. They went to Capitol Records with another 45 which, lucky for Capitol, was accepted. The rest is history as they say. I did not realize it at the time, but came to realize it several years later, the Mr. Pope was one of the top Beatles authorities. I have not heard or seen him since, but the memory has stayed with me all these years. And I'm smiling as I share this with a stranger who I think might be interested. Keep up the good work. ME: Thanks a million for writing and sharing your Joe Pope encounter! I don't know if my web page made it clear, but Joe died of cancer some years ago - a very sad occasion for many, many people who never met him, even. I did a quick web search, and on one shot ("deccagone") came up with a page that shows the record Joe pulled out of his case that day: http://www.jpgr.co.uk/pro1100.html You have a *very* good memory! ME: Here's a voice from out of the past. We crossed paths via the Washington Guitar Society a few years ago. Any chance you still have the cd of guitar duets I recorded with a former buddy? It was a set of arrangements of "Scraps from the Opera" by 19th C. black American guitarist Justin Holland. They came out dreadful sounding. Unfortunately, though, it was my only copy. I know how unlikely this would be for the average person, but I'm guessing you're much more organized. I'd be glad to reimburse you for your trouble and mailing costs. Thanks for your help. THEE: Re: researcher blues >>>Of all the foods that people split people into two camps, >Now if that line doesn't give an indication of my stop-and-start writing "abilities". . . Hey, you're forgetting all the typos you catch in my writing. >>whipporwill, the xanthus-bellied poppycock, the yellowhammer, or the zebra finch. >Can you write a paragraph like that off the top of your head? I'm afraid to ask. Sure. Couldn't you? >>Ogden wuz a kuku--nutz to 'im! If I had to write my book, or even a handout for my students, with only those 850 words, I'd be finger-tied. >>Now raisins . . . they're another matter. I know Raisinets are the butt of jokes, but I didn't know it would kill anybody to eat one. My family will pick the raisins out of cookies and raisin bread, and we never by Raisin Bran. As for any chocolate-covered raisin, what a waist of good chocolate. >I would put plain raisins at about 10 times as sweet as straight sugar. Strange. I can't say that I've eaten plain raisins for years since I never buy the things due to family animosity toward them. But I used to like them when I was a kid. Of course, I used to like sugar cubes and sure wouldn't eat one today. On the other hand, when I was a kid, I could eat one of those mammoth dill pickles or a straight slice of lemon and like it. No more. On the other hand I hated canteloupe but now like it. >For me, an oatmeal cookie or a cinnamon bun without raisins is about as attractive as bread and butter without the butter (harking back to when butter had flavor, I mean.) Oatmeal cookies are ok with raisins if only a couple of 'em per cookie. As for cinnamon buns, you've obviously never eaten mine. Why spoil 'em with raisins when you can use pecans or walnuts instead? These are a holiday morning special here. >Got a box of books at the auction today for $2. There was an old one that split itself between Pinocchio and the largest collection of Aesop fables I have in one place now. I got a 2- volume "Dictionary-Catalogue Of Operas and Operettas which have been performed on the public stage". The work was completed in 1910, when the total only ran to 28,015. Thought you might be moved by this paragraph in the Prefatory: > There are many hundreds of operas and operettas, besides the 28,015 mentioned in this catalogue, which are omitted because they have not been so "performed on the public stage," wherever else thay may have been given. It would doubtless be interesting enough to have this additional list carefully compiled and made public. So far, however, as the undersigned is concerned, this undertaking must be left to other, and younger hands. The sixteen long, and weary years of close and unremitting application which have been brought to bear on the present compilation, have amply sufficed to give the compiler all the information he will ever desire to have in this world, concerning operatic nomenclature. Nobody writes like that today, but I understand the writer's feelings. A person could spend 16 years on the project only to have more show up each year. At what point would one decide to quit? I guess when that "amply suffice to give the compiler all the information he will ever desire to have in this world" state is reached. >About the young Rosa Ponselle in a 1918 Oberon: > "Her scale is seamless, so equal are her tones from top > to bottom. Her personality is pleasing, her acting immature. > "She was a buxom, well-proportioned figure, and in Turkish trousers > she was fascinating..." >Um, I guess I'll stop there. What was I saying about nobody writing like that anymore? Sounds like many laughs in store along with all the information. Next time I'm out your way, you've gotta take me to an auction or two. Btw, have you discovered these one yet? http://classicreader.com/booktoc.php/bookid.1028/ http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/George_MacDonald/The_Princess_and_Curdie/ http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=macdonald&book=curdie&story=_contents http://www.online-literature.com/george-macdonald/ And, no, I haven't read them. Now I challenge you to find the Ulan Bator zsu and the xanthus- bellied poppycock. ME: >Btw, have you discovered these one yet? >http://classicreader.com/booktoc.php/bookid.1028/ http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/George_MacDonald/The_Princess_and_Curdie/ http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=macdonald&book=curdie&story=_contents http://www.online-literature.com/george-macdonald/ Thanks for doing the legwork. No, I hadn't taken "Curdie" to the web yet. I guess my tape failed to give a hint of how indescribably more fun and rich it was to actually ask a nutty Brit. Funny thing is, this second time around, hearing the Curdie bits on my tapes, there was a much stronger nagging feeling that I should know him. It seemed like I had crossed paths with Curdie, something more than the discussion with Harry masquerading as a memory of reading about Curdie somewhere. Within seconds of clicking on the first link above, it hit me - Kumon used an extract from "The Princess and the Goblin" by George MacDonald. It wasn't burned in strongly because I had only done that 10-page assignment once, and none of my students took Kumon that far in reading. The other reason for not remembering it well is that it was one of Kumon's infuriating extracts that dumps the reader off in the middle of something that requires a mighty struggle to make any sense of. I fear you might be the last person on earth to have any difficulty with the following, but I assure you that this opening would make even the brightest 5th-grader, working under a timer, writhe with frustration: Nothing more happened. They reached home in safety. Nobody had missed them, or even known they had gone out; and they arrived at the door belonging to their part of the house without anyone seeing them. The nurse was rushing in with a hurried and not over-gracious good night to Curdie; but the princess pulled her hand from hers, and was just throwing her arms round Curdie's neck, when she caught her again and dragged her away. 'Lootie! Lootie! I promised a kiss,' cried Irene. . . It probably took me the next page and a half, and a half hour, to match up characters with the pronouns, or even figure out whether the nurse was rushing in from the outside with the rest of the "they", or already home (whose?) rushing in from some other part of the house. I had even gone to the trouble to write up a little intro for students getting to that assignment. Again, you can be sure I was the only Kumon instructor on earth to do such a thing. EI 91a. This is what is going on at the beginning of the excerpt from "The Princess and the Goblin": There are three characters: Irene - a princess Curdie - a miner boy and Irene's friend Lootie - Irene's nurse All three arive at Irene's home. Lootie, the nurse, apparently went out and found Irene and Curdie. Lootie drags Irene by the hand into the "part of the house" where Irene and Lootie live. At the same time, Lootie sends Curdie on his way home. Clear as mud, huh? See, even with the benefit of stewing over it, I wasn't sure exactly what was going on. This is all in chapter 6, The Little Miner, where Curdie is introduced. A funny little coincidence is the title of the previous chapter, The Princess Lets Well Alone. "Letting well alone" is something Harry said frequently. I don't know how that strikes you, but, being thoroughly used to "leaving well *enough* alone", it always sounded chopped and hacked the way Harry said it. (Another botched sentence; you can work "it" out.) >Now I challenge you to find the Ulan Bator zsu and the xanthus- bellied poppycock. I'm so ashamed; I've failed again! A simple google search on combos of "ulan bator", "zsu", "bird" and/or "birds" didn't turn up anything relevant. Dunno where you got yer list of birds, from Alpha to Omaha (as Mark Twain would say.) >> The sixteen long, and weary years of close and unremitting application >> which have been brought to bear on the present compilation, have amply >> sufficed to give the compiler all the information he will ever desire >> to have in this world, concerning operatic nomenclature. >Nobody writes like that today, but I understand the writer's feelings. So it would be safe for you to reuse? All you'll have to do is change "operatic" to "cawnine". (And "he" to "um", of course.) THEE: Just wanted to thank you for saving an old record of mine that I could not find to buy and have now transferred to CD thanks to your article on scratches. I usually don't write this sort ot stuff but I really appreciated the thoroughness and tone of your little piece and just thought I'd let you know how refreshing it was to see this good advice of yours high up among all the crap/business links "solutions". Good to see a nice attitude out there. You can have my 2 cents. Thanks ME: You're very welcome. Nice to hear back from a visitor - rarely happens anymore now that the web is so huge and commercial. Thank you! ME: to PeterKentConsulting I know you can't respond to personal emails, and certainly not for free. My No. 1 question is, might you respond to questions about "Search Engine Optimization For Dummies" that are of general interest and put the questions and answers on the book's web page? My No. 2 question: I've been going through the first and 2nd edition simultaneously (to get feel for how things are changing) and have gotten through about Chapter 5 - and still haven't figured out whether it even applies to me or not. You talk about web sites; I think in terms of web pages. My site has pages that (I feel) should rank high in searches on justice, democracy, education, evolution, fermi paradox, kumon, beatles, classical guitar, scrabble, opera records, croquet, dreams, etc., etc. Am I barking up the wrong tree? Do I have to split myself into dozens of single-page sites to get good ranks for them? My No. 3 question: You take for granted that we all start by registering a domain name (p92). What about somebody like me, who has simply used a geocities address for the last 10 years? Do I really need my own www.donaldsauter.com? Will that put me back in the sandbox for the next year? (I know you don't believe it works like that.) I also have the complication of two forms my address: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7049/index.html http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/index.html I see now that the search engines view them separately - and not consistently. How does one fix a mess like that up? My No. 4 question: What I'm gathering from your books is that actual clicks from a google search results page, for example, play no part in a page's rank??? I had been taking it for granted that this is what *boosted* a page's rank. If my current understanding is correct, it would help people with my misunderstanding to state it explicitly somewhere. I have a "kumon" page which makes it up into the teens (I suppose after a googlebot visit), and then dives down into the 100s - and it is a total impossibility that more people are clicking on the boring and irrelevant pages around and below mine. What person searching on "kumon" could resist the lure of "Kumon - the good, the bad, and the ugly; Kumon center locations."? Anyhow, thanks for considering my idea in question No. 1. Don't know whether to continue to plow through the books until then. THEE: Re: mysteries solved and not >>Btw, have you discovered these one yet? >>http://classicreader.com/booktoc.php/bookid.1028/ http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/George_MacDonald/The_Princess_and_Curdie/ http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=macdonald&book=curdie&story=_contents http://www.online-literature.com/george-macdonald/ >Thanks for doing the legwork. No, I hadn't taken "Curdie" to the web yet. I guess my tape failed to give a hint of how indescribably more fun and rich it was to actually ask a nutty Brit. Bound to be better than the web. But I figured checking the web would suffice to prove I listened to your CD, even the parts I was instructed to skip. That tactic never did work on me. > Nothing more happened. They reached home in safety. Nobody had missed > them, or even known they had gone out; and they arrived > at the door belonging to their part of the house without > anyone seeing them. The nurse was rushing in with a hurried > and not over-gracious good night to Curdie; but the princess pulled > her hand from hers, and was just throwing her arms round > Curdie's neck, when she caught her again and dragged her away. > 'Lootie! Lootie! I promised a kiss,' cried Irene. . . >It probably took me the next page and a half, and a half hour, to match up characters with the pronouns, or even figure out whether the nurse was rushing in from the outside with the rest of the "they", or already home (whose?) rushing in from some other part of the house. Sheesh, Kumon should be ashamed of itself for that one. I mean what American kid can figure that out, and if anyone could follow it, wouldn't he or she be wondering what the heck Irene and Curdie had been up to that might have resulted in their not arriving home safely, which is to say in their not arriving home at all? By the way, if you can't find Curdie at the Dover auction, plenty of copies are available on eBay, some of 'em are even bargain- priced if your don't count the postage. >I had even gone to the trouble to write up a little intro for students getting to that assignment. Again, you can be sure I was the only Kumon instructor on earth to do such a thing. It would help to identify a "nurse" as being someone different from what American kids would think, but it's probably safe to assume you'll never use this passage now. >This is all in chapter 6, The Little Miner, where Curdie is introduced. A funny little coincidence is the title of the previous chapter, The Princess Lets Well Alone. "Letting well alone" is something Harry said frequently. I don't know how that strikes you, but, being thoroughly used to "leaving well *enough* alone", it always sounded chopped and hacked the way Harry said it. (Another botched sentence; you can work "it" out.) Hmmmm, so is our "well enough" not as good as the Brit's "well"? To them was it fine as it was and to us is it in need of being fixed but something we should be satisfied with despite it's not being quite "well"? There's something to lose sleep over. >>Now I challenge you to find the Ulan Bator zsu and the xanthus- bellied poppycock. >I'm so ashamed; I've failed again! A simple google search on combos of "ulan bator", "zsu", "bird" and/or "birds" didn't turn up anything relevant. Dunno where you got yer list of birds, from Alpha to Omaha (as Mark Twain would say.) Could it be, just maybe, that there's an explanation for your not finding the Ulan Bator zsu and, if you didn't try it, for not finding the xanthus-bellied poppycock? Of course, I assumed the lame duck would fly . . . >>> The sixteen long, and weary years of close and unremitting application >>> which have been brought to bear on the present compilation, have amply >>> sufficed to give the compiler all the information he will ever desire >>> to have in this world, concerning operatic nomenclature. >>Nobody writes like that today, but I understand the writer's feelings. ME: to alt.internet.searchengines Hello, I've just read Peter Kent's Search Engine Optimization book. It generally seems pretty clear - except for the things most specifically related to my case. (Murphy's Law?) 1. About finding a hosting company, Kent says, "Don't get an account in which you have a subdirectory of the hosting company's domain name." Uncharacteristically, he gives absolutely no supporting reasons. I've had a Geocities account for 10 years. Is there any reason that will interfere my search engine optimization? Do I really need my own domain name? 2. After being www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7049/ for some years, Geocities gave us Yahoo!-based alternate names, mine being www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/ . That seemed much neater and so I started to use it. Now my pages appear both ways in the various search engines. (I don't think I've seen a case of the same web page appearing both ways in one search engine.) Is this working against me? I presume I need to standardize all my urls one way or the other (or get my own domain) before asking others to link to me. If so, is one better than the other? (Is /CapitolHill/Lobby/7049/ the "real" url, and /donaldsauter/ merely some sort of pointer or "logical" name?) 3. Kent emphasizes the importance of the links between your pages on your own site. Until now I have used the short and simple, [A HREF="base8.htm"]Base 8 proposal[/A], for example. I see now that, for most of my pages, Google says there are no backlinks. Does that mean it really doesn't count the short form as a real link? For spreading pagerank among my own pages do I need to use the complete url, starting with http:// , on my own site? 4. Kent's book is all about single-purpose web *sites*, I have a wide variety of unrelated web *pages*. It makes no sense to choose one category in the Open Directory Project directory, for example. Is there a strategy for submitting individual pages, or collections of related pages, to appropriate categories within such directories? If I got a bunch of new, free sites, and created an index page in each one that linked to related pages on my main site, could I sneak them all in OPD? While I'm at it, I have a question about a specific page of mine. It was called mykumon.htm and now I'm changing it to kumon.htm (as per Peter Kent's advice). I have seen it as high as no. 18 in Google in a search on the single word "kumon". Then it plummeted down into the 100s. Then it shot back up to no. 19. Then it fell down into the 100s again. Since I now understand the ratings have nothing to do with actual page visits, here is my best guess at this wild behavior. Googlebot comes along; recognizes what a fantastically interesting and useful page it is based on content alone; gives it a good rating; goes on its way to other pages containing the word "kumon" which have little useful content but a good link from www.kumon.com, say, and starts tossing them back above mine. Sounds crazy, I know. Any better explanation? Any chance Google will ever work page traffic and visitor satisfaction into their ratings, before I sink all this effort into diddling with links? It's not clear to me that there would be any more trickery than with this system based on links, or that it would be any more difficult to deal with. Wishful thinking. . . Thanks for your help. THEE: subject birds, dawgs, and their cousins galore Maybe even a monkey's uncle in there somewhere. http://www.iupui.edu/~engwft/home.html THEE: This is a great one! It's a modern version of Abbott and Costello's famous baseball routine, "Who's on first?" And, you two might love this! Did you see a recent article on "The Emptying Oceans" (it was in our Friday's Health & Science section of the Baltimore Sun, 11/10/06)? A researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has said that at the world's current (no pun intended) rate of decrease, the fish in our oceans will disappear by the year 2048!! The world's fish expert's name is Boris Worm.... A friend of mine and I have fun collecting interesting names/occupations of people. ME: >A researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has said that at the world's current (no pun intended) rate of decrease, the fish in our oceans will disappear by the year 2048!! 2048??? The *true* Y2K strikes!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagghhhhhh.... Don (P.S. or is it 2049?) ME: Re: birds, dawgs, and (3 1/6 - 1 19/24) w (4 3/4 - 0.9). Fun site! I have vivid memories of choosing the same scene from the Elves and the Shoemaker to draw in 3rd grade. I remember we were supposed to choose our favorite illustration and draw it, and I was confused because I had some idea that "illustrate" had meanings independent of drawing - and to actually draw the thing myself looked to be a months job! But somehow I did. By the way, in Grimms, they're little men, not elves per se. I need to go back to the chapbook page to blow up some pages to compare with versions in my collection. Here's a column that I can't imagine you not finding humorous. Not as much as I do, of course. The instructor was in follow-up training with me. Guessing you already know the writer. http://www.slate.com/id/2152480 kumon article, slate.com: Amazingly, I really didn't know addition and subtraction of sevens and eights. I forced myself to keep my fingers still as I figured out 8 + 3. My daughter looked over my shoulder when I got that, then watched as I hesitated at 8 + 4. "Mom, just add 1 to 11!" she said, adding, "Mom, you're hopeless." A little while after that, I had my one brilliant math idea. Coming back to Washington from New York after a Slate meeting, I rode the train sitting next to my editor, David Plotz. At the beginning of this project, I established that David was a math whiz when I got him to tell me his SAT math score: a perfect 800. On the train, as I struggled over my homework, I suddenly realized I should make David do it. I handed him a packet, and within minutes, he was making the same groaning noises that emanated from my Kumon seatmates. "This is awful," he said as he tossed his finished packet back at me. But his agony was my ecstasy as I corrected his work and found he had gotten five wrong out of 200. That I was getting two to three times the error rate of a math genius made me feel wonderfully average. David was right, Level D was awful. Since it took me several minutes to figure out a single problem, I was now spending two hours a night on each packet. The true misery in the Kumon method is that once I finished a packet, I was given it to do again. Desperate, I tried to farm out my homework. I gave my daughter a packet, explaining it was good for her to practice her math over the summer. She did 20 problems, then handed it back to me, saying, "Mom, this is your responsibility!" So, I started cheating. Sometimes I would use my calculator to help me figure out the interim steps in a division problem. Sometimes I would do half a packet, and if I got it 90 percent right, I would copy down the answers for the rest. I felt no guilt. Without this aid, I would be finishing Level D about the same time the last Enron executive gets released from jail. Then, at the end of July, Shah told me it was time for me to take the placement exam again to see how far I'd progressed. With the test in front of me, I started sweating, and my brain began buzzing, but I forced myself to calm down and keep my fingers still. Most of the problems seemed easy now, although I realized all my "shortcuts" had left me weak in long division. There were no red marks this timeI had gotten 100 percent right! This triumph was tempered by the fact that the test was so simple it only showed that I was capable of doing third-grade math. ME: the math m*r*n I laughed my head off! I was a Kumon instructor for 2 years. Your story was a lot more hilarious than mine! Hope you can find a few moments to glance over it: http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/kumon.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/kumon.htm ] It fits in a strange way with your story. Thanks again! THEE: Thank you so much for your wonderful website. My husband plays guitar, and our son plays piano. They have been wanting to learn some pieces together but have been unable to find ANYTHING in the music stores in our area. I have printed out a few pieces from your REX links and will be surprising them at Christmas! If it is what they are looking for, I will definitely be directing them to your page to check it out. Thanks again for what is obviously a "labor of love" on your part. ME: Thank you, Maura! I hope your husband and son have a fun time! ME: Part of my show and tell will be what I did today with that Beatle Bootleg mp3 disc you gave me about 12 years ago. ME: to editor of dover post I read and enjoyed your editorial "Reality check". Next time you have reason to write on the same topic, I have a request. For the benefit of people who think too little or too much (I'd like to think the latter is my problem) could you make the interpretation of the rankings more clear? Does "ranking 8th among the states" mean from the "top" or the "bottom", and in spending, which is the "top" - wanton wastefulness, or frugality? I suppose we rank school performance from best (smart kids) to worst, but even there, we're so conditioned to hearing about the sad state of education, that some people might start ticking off from the dumb kid end. For a rank of 27, I guess it doesn't matter much which end you start from. I *think* we're supposed to be disturbed by both statistics separately, that Delaware is the 8th-worst cheapskate, i.e., only 7 states spend less on education (whether total or per student, I can hardly guess), and there are 26 states cranking out smarter kids. If that interpretation is correct, Delaware should actually be proud of itself. The 8th cheapest spender should be the 43rd "best" performer (playing along with the undisputed notion that more education dollars translate into better stuent performance), but somehow Delaware teachers pulled us into 27th place. Maybe school systems from around the world should take a look at Delaware. On the other hand, if the interpretation is that only 7 states spend more per student, but 26 states produce smarter kids, then there is a definite problem. THEE: RE: the math m*r*n Donald, I did get your story -- thanks. It was fascinating and you absolutely hit upon what drove me crazy about Kumon. I felt I got, as you say, brute fact drilled into me, but I learned nothing about patterns or concepts. I know it sounds nuts that I don't know this, but if as you point out, they had said when you add and even number and even number you will only get an even number, that would have helped! I was desperate for someone to address what I was learning conceptually so I could apply number skills to situations beyond the Kumon worksheet, but concepts never get addressed. Hmmm, maybe I should get a math tutor and really try to learn some math.... Emily ME: Thanks for spending some time with my page - I know it couldn't be accused of being "fun"! I'm honored by your visit. THEE: Great observation!!! How could I have missed that!!!??? Damg! (That's Dang, but sounds like cursing.) Two hours after I emailed you, I was reading my week-old Time Magazine (11/13/06) which contained a similar article, "Oceans of Nothing", also starring Boris Worm. THEE: There's a new wrinkle in our plans. Last Sunday I broke by leg! It's actually a broken fibula down by the right ankle, compounded by a torn ligament on the left side. It's considered an "unstable" fracture, where the bones in the foot can permanently shift around in a bad way, so my entire leg is in a cast up to most of my thigh! I was sitting in the living room chair when dinner was ready. I held out my arms for my son to help me out of the chair (He and I do that for each other.. kind of a bonding thing...), when this time, he yanked me too hard, lost my balance, and kicked the music stand (breaking the bone), twisting my ankle (tearing the ligament) as I went down. The problem now is my doctor gave me a 3-week off work note. I had thought it was just to allow me to work from home, and faxed it to HR. But I have to get it changed to a "Light work" order, otherwise I'll be on short term disability, which nobody wants. Anyway, the bottom line is, I have to stay off my feet for 6 weeks. I'll still be off next week, if you want to come over here for the day and record the duets. Maybe spend the night? ME: Yowchh! Sorry about the broken leg! I sure hope it wasn't as excruciating as it sounds. My other friend in Maryland, D~~, broke his foot a few weeks ago, impacting his plans for a visit out here. I sure hope I'm not the jinx. THEE: Lighter side: I once asked you about this Today in history: 100 years ago TODAY: Enrico Caruso is charged with an indecent act after allegedly pinching a woman's bottom in the monkey house of New York's Central Park Zoo. ME: Hmm, haven't heard about that crime of the century before. Under unarchy, of course, . . . Just finished playing cd one of two of a recent ebay win - "Maritana" by William Vincent Wallace. You'd think following an opera written in English, sung in English, and including an English libretto would be a breeze to follow, or at least *relatively* so. Nix, and nix. Some looney toon ran me up to $33 on that one. (I needed it.) Same day I received another ebay win, "Martha", by Friedrich von Flotow. (I know it looks like I'm going through all 48,000 operas alphabetically.) Since that one was written in German, I should have a fighting chance, even without an English translation. Well, there's no English translation in the booklet. Not much of a booklet, actually. And this crew does it in Italian. Heard something about Tower records filing for bankruptcy. Guess I'm just as guilty as the ipod kids. THEE: subject base conversions Could you advice on the formulas or Stepps on how to convert from one base to another? Thanks ME: That's a good question. When I needed to do a bunch of conversions to and from Base 8, I realized I didn't know where to turn and so I wrote my own program. It's funny you should ask me right now because just today I was reading up on Google, and it turns out they have a built in calculator. I just tried it out after getting your message. It looks like all it will do, though is conversions to and from base 2, 8, 10 and 16. For example, in the Google search box, type 12 in base 8 and it gives you the answer, 0o14. The "0o" means octal. 0x means hexadecimal, 0b means binary. I'm seeing it's pretty limited though; it only deals with integers. For example, it won't do, ".5 in base 8", which is .4 . Hope that helps a little. ME: so many books so few eyeballs I stopped by the library today on the way to the auction to listen to "Keep On Truckin'". What a surprise. What put you on to that? The associated web page wouldn't fire up for me, so I didn't get any info on the performers. Picked up a few freebie books at the Tuesday auction from a man who bought a whole table of things and wasn't interested in the books. Son of Tarzan - Intended as a giveaway, although I read the first couple of Tarzan books 30 years ago and thought they were great. By the third or fourth, they had slipped some, and I stopped there. The Fireside Book of Dog Stories - Also for giveaway. I guess I checked this out of a library a long time ago. It has the O. Henry story, "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog", which I read and then heard on a books-on-tape many years later, but had no memory of reading it until a few days later. Elson Primary School Reader, Third Grade - Picked it up mainly because it was old, 1912. But then I quickly saw it goes into my collection. Lots of good folk and fairy tales, fables, legends, etc., some familiar to me and some not. It gives authors and/or countries of origin, and sources for copyrighted stories. So, for example, the Russian "The Golden Fish" is a variation on the Grimms' "The Fisherman and his Wife". A little play called "The Simpleton" is rightly credited to the Grimms; I think it's extracted from "The Good Bargain". I'm sure the editor was very careful, but I've found a few oddities. How about "Brother Fox's Tar Baby" labeled "French"? It even gives the author whose work was adapted - Fre'de'rick Ortoli. Hmmmm. In spite of being turned into a little play, it still sounds a lot like Uncle Remus to me. How about, "The tar baby says nothing" at least 7 times? And Elson gives credit for the Grimms' "The Golden Goose" to Peter Christen Asbjo"rnsen, although I do have other Asbjo"rnsen/Grimm/Dasent confusions in my collection. More than you needed to know about the reader. I should have just gotten up on my soapbox and yelled, "Why do you knuckleheads (in primary education) think you need new textbooks every couple of years???" THEE: AW: base conversions Thanks for replying. I'm doing manual base conversions - apparently it has been included in a Maths book which I purchased, so its practise, practise and more practise for me. Problem is the book didn't include any samples or examples on how to work the problems out manually, so I've had to hunt round the net for help. THEE: I thought I might have asked you about the Caruso incident. In one of Hemingway's stories, he says that a character was reading a newspaper about Caruso being arrested for "mashing." I knew that mashing had something to do with bothering the ladies, but I had no idea what exactly. Discovering yesterday's "Day in History" factoid wrapped it up for me. "Martha"? This has come up before. Was that the opera in "Phantom of..."? I was sorry to hear about Tower going belly-up; sorry because I was unable to walk over there (because of my foot) and cackle gleefully! Mean. THEE: Re: so many books so few eyeballs >Son of Tarzan - Intended as a giveaway, although I read the first couple of Tarzan books 30 years ago and thought they were great. By the third or fourth, they had slipped some, and I stopped there. I don't recall when I read the first few, but it was way after most boys would have read them, and I don't remember any girls doing so. I got on a kick of trying to see what I'd missed out on all those years of reading Nancy Drew and such beginning around 5th grade, so I picked up Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Tarzan, and a couple others I don't recall off hand. I liked 'em all. >The Fireside Book of Dog Stories - Also for giveaway. I guess I checked this out of a library a long time ago. It has the O. Henry story, "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog", which I read and then heard on a books-on-tape many years later, but had no memory of reading it until a few days later. O Henry's houn' dawg. Did you ever tell me to read that one? If so, did I? I don't remember it, but I'm betting you can prove me wrong by consulting your e-mail archive if you did. >Elson Primary School Reader, Third Grade - Picked it up mainly because it was old, 1912. But then I quickly saw it goes into my collection. Lots of good folk and fairy tales, fables, legends, etc., some familiar to me and some not. It gives authors and/or countries of origin, and sources for copyrighted stories. So, for example, the Russian "The Golden Fish" is a variation on the Grimms' "The Fisherman and his Wife". A little play called "The Simpleton" is rightly credited to the Grimms; I think it's extracted from "The Good Bargain". I'm sure the editor was very careful, but I've found a few oddities. How about "Brother Fox's Tar Baby" labeled "French"? It even gives the author whose work was adapted - Fre'de'rick Ortoli. Hmmmm. In spite of being turned into a little play, it still sounds a lot like Uncle Remus to me. How about, "The tar baby says nothing" at least 7 times? And Elson gives credit for the Grimms' "The Golden Goose" to Peter Christen Asbjo"rnsen, although I do have other Asbjo"rnsen/Grimm/Dasent confusions in my collection. Not surprising that the Tar Baby was popular in France and that the story ended up adapted into a French play. I wonder if it was performed by puppets? I can about see it at some sidewalk performance in Paris. Probably beginning in 1900 when Sousa introduced ragtime to the Frenchies during the Paris World's Fair, black music and cakewalks became all the craze. I'm not sure if this is when the French also became interested in the Tar Baby/Brer Fox, Bear, and Rabbit stories, but it might have been. On the other hand, that might have come even earlier. >More than you needed to know about the reader. I should have just gotten up on my soapbox and yelled, "Why do you knuckleheads (in primary education) think you need new textbooks every couple of years???" For primary education, I agree. Of course, Dick and Jane are certainly outdated! >The same day I received another ebay win, "Martha", by Friedrich von Flotow. (I know it looks like I'm going through all 60,000 operas alphabetically.) If you can't spend Saturday's digging for guitar music in the LC, why not? But the surprise would be your having reached M so soon. >Since that one was written in German, I should have a fighting chance, even if it didn't have an English translation in the insert, which it doesn't. Worse yet, this crew does it in Italian. Man, life is rough. ME: >>It has the O. Henry story, "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog", which I read and then heard on a books-on-tape many years later, but had no memory of reading it until a few days later. >O Henry's houn' dawg. Did you ever tell me to read that one? If so, did I? I don't remember it, but I'm betting you can prove me wrong by consulting your e-mail archive if you did. No, I never recommended that one. I don't think it was in my top 100 O. Henry. Definitely an oddball, being the only one with an animal narrator. I see one opera reference (Emma Eames); one asterisk (for the Mont Pelee horror. My note: May 8 1902. 40,000 died.); one question mark (for "as shy as the man on the steamer who would rather play pedro when they make 'em all jackpots"); and two smileys (one on, "By Sirius! there was a biped I felt sorry for.") On second thought, yeah, read it! All the others, too. >>I should have just gotten up on my soapbox and yelled, "Why do you knuckleheads (in primary education) think you need new textbooks every couple of years???" >For primary education, I agree. Of course, Dick and Jane are certainly outdated! I knew I had to step lightly there. I get the impression the first item on your job description is, "Reinvent the wheel every two months." >But the surprise would be your having reached M so soon. Fastest ears in Dover. >Not surprising that the Tar Baby was popular in France I did a bit of web searching on brer rabbit, uncle remus, joel chandler harris, france, french, and ortoli to see what was going on with that attribution in my reader. One of Harris's credits, a joint effort with his wife, is a translation of "Evening Tales" by the Frenchman Ortoli, and I'm guessing the editor of the reader was confused and had some idea that Brer Rabbit or all of Uncle Remus came from those tales. I took a closer look at the images on the chapbook page and had a good time correlating them with items in my collection. Lots of neat little variants, of which I'll give you just one taste test. How many people could read and interpret this precisely? ...that killed the Rat, that eat the Malt, that lay in the House that Jack built. For months I've been threatening to get "caught up". Don't know if I really can, but I know I've been meaning to revisit the math problems from way back. >> Action Comic #1, which originally sold for 10 cents, now sells >> for $18500. This comic has increased in value by what percent? >Sounds like eBay! I remember these problems, but, I'll confess to having forgotten how to figure them. It would be so easy to divide by 10, moving that decimal point, but I know that's not right. You can easily get by without knowing this, but it's fun for me to try to get a light bulb to go off. (Charlie says that should be "go on", but a google search shows that a clear majority says it my way.) This problem cracks me up because of the outrageous increase in value, but it's just a matter of keeping a clear head. And keeping a clear head in percentage problems always means calming down, taking another look at the problem, and making sure which of two "flavors" it is. Is it asking for a relative percentage, as in, "50 is what percent of 40?"; or, is it asking for the percent *difference*, as in, "40 to 50 represents what percent increase?" In the first case you just divide 50/40 and express the result as a percent (multiply by 100 and tack on the % sign.) So, 50/40 = 1.25 = 125% In the second case, you start with a subtraction to find the increase (or decrease), and then do the division to see how things changed with respect to the starting point. (50-40=10; 10/40 = .25 = 25% increase.) So, for the Action Comic problem, you start with the ridiculous subtraction (18500.00 - .10 = 18499.90) and then divide that by the starting value (18499.90/.10 = 184999 = 18499900%). Well, I don't know how clear I made that, but I'm willing to bet math teachers are few and far between who can present the recipe for solving percent problems so concisely. Exercise for the reader: 50 to 40 represents what percent decrease? >> If a hat and a feather together cost $1.10, and the hat cost >> $1 more than the feather, how much did they cost individually? >Uh, isn't that $.05 and $1.05 with no equation needed? If that answer jumped straight to mind with no mental juggling, that definitely puts you in extremely rarefied company. I've never seen anyone rattle off the answer, and I've been in roomfuls of people, of decent education, where no one could get it, and many remaining unaccepting of the correct answer, so powerful is the tug of, "What's the big deal? A dollar for the hat, 10 cents for the feather, all's right with the world, Pippa passes." Here's another trivial problem of a similar type that I've never seen anyone get correct right off the bat (including Kumon instructors). What is the weight of a fish if it weighs 10 pounds plus half its weight? Again, my approach to any word problem, and particularly if it's presented as a brain teaser, and what I'd like to pass on to the world, is to go straight to algebra and get the right answer *mindlessly* - no thinking required. The problem above screams: F = 10 + .5*F. Now mindlessly solve for F. About those questions from the reading part of the SAT, I stick to my guns. In the given excerpt, charge = command worked (I think), while the "correct" answer, "inspire", is not even an accepted dictionary definition for charge. And I stick to my guns that the quotes around all the literature genre types indicated digs, as my quotes around "correct" do above. Come on, the mere state of being printed is what "calls attention" to a word. Would we be better readers if our attention was called to each word by putting quotes around each and every one, or if every word were boldfaced, say? This reminds me of pages of music marked up by a music teacher. Wherever the student makes a mistake, the teacher draws a big, sloppy circle around it, so that the page is eventually covered in circles. If circles is all it takes to get our attention so we'll read and play everything perfectly, why don't they just print every musical symbol in a circle? In summary (and I'm hoping enough time has elapsed to make it too hard for you to come charging back!), "*you're*" "*wrong*" "*!*". No, no, no. I'm guessing 99.9%, if not more, of your colleagues would agree with you and the SAT answers, but I'm still left with an uneasiness that this agreement is not based on any clearly defined set of rules of word usage. There was a third instance in the SAT book where I felt like I knew every word in the passage and the questions, but came up with a different answer. Fortunately, that one would involve too much typing. >The way I look at it, I've always been a Midwesterner, but that's debatable. Some people lump Oklahoma with Texas and Texas with the Southwest. I went to a couple of encyclopedias to see what the "experts" say. (There's those "s again!) My Americana actually puts us in the same main region - fancy that! - the South. They further divide it with you in the West South Central and me in South Atlantic. A World Book Encyclopedia divided it up a bit differently. You're a Southwestern State, which goes from Oklahoma to Arizona. They put me in with the Southern States, although I feel like Delaware and Maryland are perfect fitters for the Mid-Atlantic States just above us. >>I always thought the "Midwest" was the Indiana/Ohio region. Somehow, they don't seem to like my proposal of renaming it the Middle East. >Heck, 'round here, we consider Ohio as part of the East. Indiana, well, I was never sure what to do with that no-count place. I 'spect Middle East is taken and not overly popular. Also double-checked this one to make sure I wasn't crazy. The Americana lists Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, etc. among 12 states in their "Midwestern States" entry. However, Midwestern is not one of the regions or divisions shown on their map where I got the information above. Must be casual terminology. >>>Ogden wuz a kuku--nutz to 'im! >If I had to write my book, or even a handout for my students, with only those 850 words, I'd be finger-tied. Hey, calm down! Ogden wrote a *2nd* language, *not* a replacement for English! Think about it, if you could go anywhere in the world armed with an 850 word language and say 99% of the things you normally say throughout the day to anybody on earth, wouldn't that be a good thing? Kind of? ME: >I thought I might have asked you about the Caruso incident. In one of Hemingway's stories, he says that a character was reading a newspaper about Caruso being arrested for "mashing." This time around, that sounds more familiar, although there's no record of it coming up in our email. My reference collection is actually rather light on Caruso's life. After writing that paragraph, another think come to me - a book called "The Glorious Ones" which hasn't joined my front rank because it has a chunk of pages missing. There's a whole chapter on Caruso, including this passage: He was always in the news. America took to him and the press followed him everywhere. Once in a while the news was not to his liking. There was the Monkey House episode in 1906. Caruso, in the Central Park Zoo, gave a woman the supreme Italian accolade. He pinched her derriere. She called the cops, who seized Caruso and put him in a cell. The newspapers had a field day. At the county hearing the plaintiff, Hanna Graham, did not appear. Caruso was found guilty and fined $10. He was paralyzed with fright at his next performance. Would New York boo him off the stage? He got an ovation. All was forgiven. >"Martha"? This has come up before. Was that the opera in "Phantom of..."? Good memory. Yes, the movie had at least the "porter bier" song, but neither of the most well-known Martha arias, "Ach, so fromm" and "Last Rose of Summer". That, combined with the spelling on the poster board, "Marta", kept me confused for a while. >I was sorry to hear about Tower going belly-up; sorry because I was unable to walk over there (because of my foot) and cackle gleefully! Mean. That's ok for you, but what am I supposed to do at used book sales 20 years from now, buy beat-up old ipods? How many are loaded with opera? And do they come with booklets? THEE: Re: geography aftermath >>> If a hat and a feather together cost $1.10, and the hat cost >>> $1 more than the feather, how much did they cost individually? >>Uh, isn't that $.05 and $1.05 with no equation needed? >If that answer jumped straight to mind with no mental juggling, that definitely puts you in extremely rarefied company. I've never seen anyone rattle off the answer, and I've been in roomfuls of people, of decent education, where no one could get it, and many remaining unaccepting of the correct answer, so powerful is the tug of, "What's the big deal? A dollar for the hat, 10 cents for the feather, all's right with the world, Pippa passes." Only this for now. It's late. Not quite straight to mind. Naturally, I thought of $1 and $0.10 first, but it took only a second to know that was a $0.90 difference. From there, it was simple. Subtract 5c from one; add 5c to t'other. No algebra needed. THEE: subject Working at Kumon I just read much of your experience with Kumon. At the moment I am considering applying for a job at a center here in Johnson City, TN. My hope is (or was) that I would be able to tutor students one-on-one. But, after reading your account, it sounds like the most I could hope for is to be an assistant. I know that there is some variation from center to center (regardless of what the administration would suggest), but do you think that I should even bother? Thanks for your time. ME: Thanks for asking. Generally speaking, it seems that Kumon is agreeable to instructors to helping students on an as-needed basis when they have some particular hurdle to overcome. In my case, I think Kumon thought I overstepped some line in giving every student personal attention on every visit. I would suggest that you at least inquire at your local center. If the director needs help, it is probably with the routine of grading worksheets and entering scores into the database. But, you're right, there is variation from center to center, simply by virtue of "everybody's different". I think it's safe to say no Kumon director would hire someone solely as a one-on-one tutor, but he might give an assistant some degree of freedom in helping students who need it. Hope that helps. Good luck. ME: No problem with putting another copy of my Kumon page up. The more the merrier... If we all start actually linking to each other, well, the skies the limit! Did you see this recent article in Slate? http://www.slate.com/id/2152480 It's quite humorous. It's not anti-kumon exactly, but it *could* have been, if the writer had taken the approach, "if Kumon was such torture for me, can you imagine what it's like for little kids???" Geez, I wish teachers and parents would actually put themselves through what they put students through. THEE: subject HAPPY POST THANKSGIVING! Here's my story! Dear Friends, (Personal note and turkey photo below!) HAPPIEST POST THANKSGIVING!!! HA HA! Just a little PICK-ME-UP humor...after the work, work, work of Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful, beautiful twenty-one pound bird--slightly over cooked--but very Martha-looking( it was the cheesecloth soaked in butter that browned it to the hilt...)! THANKS, MARTHA! The cleanup took hours! Every year I say, "NEVER AGAIN," and then I relent and do either Thanksgiving or Christmas. YEA!!! DONE FOR THE YEAR!!!! Hope you all had a peaceful, bountiful day! CHARRED BIRD ELEGANTE' ALA MARTHA THEE: subject Thar and then Do you have this ballad in any of your old books? Supposedly it was known by one and all in the latter decades of the 1800s . . . and was a standard in American textbooks until it became politically incorrect. http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/hay01.html Does anything strike you as familiar? What makes me wonder is that I looked up the poem after finding a reference to it in a 1912 newspaper article: "And as the late John Hay said of the late Jim Bludso, 'He seen his duty, a dead sure thing, and went for it thar and then.'" ME: >Do you have this ballad in any of your old books? Yes, in one place only. Here's what my search turned up: Search string: bludso BOOK: The Library of Wit and Humor, Vol III, American JOHN HAy 249 Jim Bludso - Pike County Ballads >Does anything strike you as familiar? Gee, I dunno. I don't think I had read it anywhere before - I haven't started on the Library of Wit and Humor (I've read about 3 volumes of The Wit and Humor of America) - but everything about it rings familiar. Maybe just your asking the question influenced me, though. A search for "bludso" on my hard disk didn't turn up anything besides this one in my story catalog. I'll bet when you tell me, I'll say, "Right!" Went to a play today down in Milford, Del. Saw a notice in a paper they throw on my driveway occasionally on Saturdays, so I could have easily missed it. It was "An O. Henry Christmas" by Howard Burman, and I figured it would be extremely unlikely that I wouldn't enjoy it. What the playwright did was use "The Last Leaf" as the framework for 3 other O. Henry stories within the story. One was good ol' "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen" moved up to Christmas. The first was another fave, but not specifically Christmas related, called "One Thousand Dollars". The third and last was "The Gift of the Magi". I also caught quotes from O. Henry's unfinished - literally, :( - Christmas story. The playwright worked O. Henry himself into the story. He "told" the three stories, using the other characters to act them out. I felt pretty dumb not realizing the character was O. Henry until they finally forced him to give his name - William Sydney Porter. Burman used episodes from O. Henry's life, but stuck together a bit differently. Here, he was in New York on the lam from prison, and was enticed to go back and give himself up because his wife was sick. (The cop who was after him the whole play gave him an envelope of money for the train ride.) In reality, O. Henry fled to Central America, and coming back to his sick wife is what got him in prison. Then he went to New York when he was released. Burman ends the play with his own nice little surprise. After Porter heads off, the pickpocket produces the envelope with the train fare, justifying her action by pointing out that Porter said he would just as soon hop a freight, anyhow. When they looked into the envelope, they found a note Porter had slipped in, telling them to enjoy the money. This evening I went to my Americana to refresh myself on O. Henry's bio. In a couple of places they had a few complaints about his stories (repetition, contrivance... shallowness). Shay, when did encyclopedias get into literary criticism? I also found a funny little slip up. If you look up "Cabbages and Kings", by O. Henry, it directs you to PORTER, WILLIAM SYDNEY for the main entry on him, but that just points you to HENRY, O., which is the real main entry. >Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. That we did. Among the eating, story-telling about Thanksgivings past, and other activities was a good scrabble game. Only M~~ and I have any experience at scrabble - me much more than her, of course - but C~~ had built up a nice lead. Getting near the end, M~~ made her best play, a 45-pointer, putting her close to C~~ and making my 3rd place look even bleaker. Worse than that, she used the spot I was going to use to unload my last 5 tiles. But I did some shuffling and plunked A S T E R in front of N, for a whopping 6 points, but with everybody going down by what was left in their racks, and me going up by that total amount, it was enough to secure 1st place. Hmmm, in retrospect, I wish C~~ would have won. Anyhow, it was an exciting finish. ME: md my md Thanks for the outstanding visit. All those shots of "me medicine" [mouthwash] successfully warded off an impending cold. The leftover turkey has served as the main course of 3 meals so far, and I figure will give me 2 more. Both West Side Story and The Jewess have been ceedeed already. The biggest bummer is the 2 skips on the Lester Lanin disc. I wondered if I heard a skip while we were working on it, but found out for sure on the ride home. That's the biggest pitfall of transferring vinyl to cd with the sound off during the playback of the record. Those were the first skips that actually made it to cd without me catching them on the computer first. Anyhow, I'm more than somewhat embarrassed. Maybe we could find another fun and wacky Beatle cover album to pass on to Ben and Andre? Thanks for the May Pang show. She's always a good, level-headed speaker. The John Lennon/Paul Simon episode was new to me. Dennis Ferrante commented on the relative fame of the two, laughing poor Simon off. I think you invited Andre to my Beatle pages. At your discretion, you might direct him specifically to my Muzak and Beatles page, which sheds some fuzzy light on the Beatles versus Simon and Garfunkle, for what it's worth. http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/muzak.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/beatles-and-muzak.htm ] THEE: subject How to Fix Vinyl LP's Hey mate, I read your guide on fixing vinyl LP's. It makes sense. I wish I had the guts to try it. I have a Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here original 1975 press record with a scratch right before the acoustic guitar solo on the first track. I paid $30 for the record second hand, and after listening to side 1, which was perfect, I thought I had gotten a mint condition record. When I got to the title track (my favourite song on the album!) and it skipped backwards I almost cried. Ha ha Since then I managed to put another scratch on the record whilst trying to skip the previous scratch. I'm extremely annoyed at my own carelessness. Maybe one day I'll build up the courage to attack my record with a pin. I've also been considering putting a forward scratch on the record so it skips forward instead of back. This is mose listenable cause it doesn't just sit there repeating. ME: Give it a try! Don't "attack"! Practice the motion on a junk record, if you're not confident. Or try my suggestion for a digital fix, nudging the needle through the skip point with a toothpick. ME: I'm afraid the "petering out" started with the Lester Lanin transfer - after all, we squeezed 20 days worth of work, by your rules, (nominally 2 cuts/day) into an hour. I mentioned my half.com purchase of a Charlotte Church cd. For my $.75 I got an autographed cd booklet! By the way, if you google Charlotte Church pix (for autograph verification, of course), you'll see she's not your daddy's 13-year-old voice of an angel anymore. Scavenged 4 albums today at the auction that had several opera tracks per. Also scavenged the first Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain and "A Child's Garden of Verses" in a nice old (1945) Golden Book format, although it's not a Golden Book. THEE: subject unarchy i guess "simple majority vote" for guilty/not guilty is clear. but how does a "simple majority vote" determine the punishment? ME: Supposing a jail sentence is considered appropriate, the sentence would be set at the greatest length of time that gets the vote of a bare majority. Likewise, if a fine is considered appropriate, it would be the greatest fine that gets the vote of a bare majority. Speaking for myself, I believe in restitution, not punishment or punitive fines. Thanks for visiting, and thanks a million for taking the time to consider unarchy and writing! THEE:Before I start, I've gotta say that I'm listening to one of the best ragtime CDs I've ever heard . . . maybe THE best. This is a new orchestra from Michigan or almost knew. It's their second CD in maybe a year. The group has the unusual name of River Raisin Ragtime Revue. Yup, that's Raisin, with no apostrophe. River risin', OK, but what the heck is a river raisin? The orchestra leader, William Pemberton, posts to ragtime newsgroups now and then. When I spotted rave comments about the CD posted by Ed Berlin and also by his dad, I ordered from the group. Wow! They have the sound and spirit of the original ragtime era recordings without all the scratchy sounds. If the instrumentals weren't good enough, I just reached the vocal of "Hawatha." Again, the sound of a vintage recording. Time for Norway's Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra, which has long been awarded the ragtime laurels, to stand up and take notice. And on to . . . > Search string: bludso > BOOK: The Library of Wit and Humor, Vol III, American > JOHN HAy 249 Jim Bludso - Pike County Ballads Figured your index would come through. I wouldn't call it humor, but, just maybe, wit will do. >>Does anything strike you as familiar? >Gee, I dunno. Odd little things hit me. The name Jim, which in itself didn't hit me at all . . . until later. What struck me as familiar was "He seen his duty . . . thar and then." OK, so it was "seed" in the dog lyric, but that line, especially combined with the choice of name, left me wondering if ol' Webb M. didn't know Jim Bludso well and maybe even think a few listeners might get a kick out of the recognition of another anti-hero who saved the day. >Burman ends the play with his own nice little surprise. After Porter heads off, the pickpocket produces the envelope with the train fare, justifying her action by pointing out that Porter said he would just as soon hop a freight, anyhow. When they looked into the envelope, they found a note Porter had slipped in, telling them to enjoy the money. Sounds like a good bit of fun! Wish that paper had been delivered to my driveway. The best I've been able to do lately was the Red Fork Native American Film Festival, but it was terrific even if an Anglo can't hope to fully understand true Native American films. >I did some shuffling and plunked A S T E R in front of N, for a whopping 6 points, but with everybody going down by what was left in their racks, and me going up by that total amount, it was enough to secure 1st place. Hmmm, in retrospect, I wish C~~ would have won. Anyhow, it was an exciting finish. Great finish. And this reminds me of something I might not have otherwise remembered to ask. Do you know if Mizan has seen the film Akeelah and the Bee? If she hasn't seen it, she should. It's about an 11-year-old girl who reluctantly gets roped into a spelling bee (that or detention for her absences). It all builds from there to become a really touching, inspirational film. But what does that have to do with Scrabble? Trust me; it does. That book [A Thousand Resurrections] somehow reminds me of a fascinating book I read about ten years ago. The author was a missionary among the Kiowa Indians in Western Oklahoma back in the days when the Kiowa were *real* Injuns. Sure wish I could recall the name of the book or of the author or who loaned it to me. She said she had the local used book store holding every copy it received, knowing she would buy it to give to someone. I'm normally not big on missionary stories because I kinda hate to see a culture lose such a big part of what made it a culture in the first place, but this was an outstanding story. The author changed every bit as much as, perhaps more than, the Kiowa although she had her impact. Remember to find out in some sort of sneaky way about Akeelah and the Bee. Just find a way to bring up spelling bees next time you see her. That oughta do it. If Mizan doesn't know the film, or if she likes it and doesn't have her own copy, let me know. It'll be my Christmas surprise. I guess 'bout everybody has a DVD player these days . . . except one Luddite friend of mine . . . unless his computer has one, that is. THEE: Jim Bludso was a movie in 1912 and around 1902 was a melodrama. Also have the scoop on the "real" Jim Bludso--or one of 'em. ME: 1:53 am >>>Does anything strike you as familiar? >>Gee, I dunno. >Odd little things hit me. The name Jim, which in itself didn't hit me at all . . . until later. What struck me as familiar was "He seen his duty . . . thar and then." OK, so it was "seed" in the dog lyric, At this moment, a resounding "Oh, riiight!!!" rang throughout the house. >but that line, especially combined with the choice of name, left me wondering if ol' Webb M. didn't know Jim Bludso well and maybe even think a few listeners might get a kick out of the recognition of another anti-hero who saved the day. >>I'll bet when you tell me, I'll say, "Right!" >So . . .? I was right. >>If you look up "Cabbages and Kings", by O. Henry, it directs you to PORTER, WILLIAM SYDNEY for the main entry on him, but that just points you to HENRY, O., which is the real main entry. >Hey, we all know his REAL name. Actually, there's some uncertainty over Sydney vs. Sidney. Maybe he used both? Also in the encyclopedia, in a title given in the references at the end of an article, they printed "O'Henry". I doubt that that really slipped through in the title of his biography. >I guess 'bout everybody has a DVD player these days . . . except one Luddite friend of mine . . . unless his computer has one, that is. The list of features on this dell included: Fixed CD/DVD Drives 24x Max Variable CD-ROM Drive I didn't give it much thought, but vaguely figured that meant it could "take" dvds, whether or not I needed to acquire extra software to play 'em. Somebody told me I did, then somebody told me I didn't - so I sprang for a 3-episode disk of the Beverly Hillbillies at the dollar store. My computer didn't know what to do with it. I went back and took another look at that line item above and saw that the "CD/DVD drive" was outfitted with a CD- ROM. No big deal; I just gave the dvd away. >Thanks for providing my break again. The rest of the night devoted to school work. Hey, whenever you need another break there's the previous partial catch-up email with all kinds of exercises for the reader. Still wondering what the common um (which isn't you of course, but you are good at shedding light) thinks about, "that eat the Malt", for instance. ME: land of nod >Oh, since I'm absent-minded, remind me to tell you about my latest eBay treasures. Let me tell you about mine first. Actually it was half.com. It arrived today. It was Charlotte Church's 2nd album, which has about 5 or 6 opera cuts on it. It cost $.75 (plus $2.11 postage). Can you imagine, for my $.75, I got a nicely autographed cd booklet! Good day at the auction today - scavenged 4 albums that had one or more opera tracks per. Also scavenged the first Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain and "A Child's Garden of Verses" in a nice old (1945) Golden Book format, although it's not a Golden Book. Thought I needed the Twain for "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg", which I see is highly praised, although I see now I have it in another anthology of short stories by various authors. I picked up 5 more gel cushions for $3, but guess what?, all 5 gel packs were safely removed and discarded right at the auction! They can't fool me a *fourth* time! THEE: subject Re: unarchy unarchy and your presidential ideas seem to be based largely on the vote of the "bare" majority. how do minorities fare in this philosophy? i'm sure that in certain parts of the country it would be easy to find a majority that would vote that Christianity be taught to all students at a public school. slightly less plausible would be that a majority of a particular jury would sentence a black man to prison for dating a white woman. why, I dare to say that I could even find a jury where the bare majority would vote to prohibit the playing of classical guitar music in public places. ;-) regarding your explanation of sentencing: i think all (or at least the bare majority) would agree that if true justice is anything, it is consistent. if we administered perfect justice, punishment (or restitution) would always be the same for a given injustice. In today's system, we've failed miserably. unarchy, with its thousands of juries determing their own "level" of justice, would exacerbate the problem to the point where we would have achieved the antithesis of justice. ME: >unarchy and your presidential ideas seem to be based largely on the vote of the "bare" majority. how do minorities fare in this philosophy? They fare according to the compassion of the majority. We're all minorities, by the way. Me, first of all, by being male, and on top of that, white. What's that, maybe 35% of the population? >i'm sure that in certain parts of the country it would be easy to find a majority that would vote that Christianity be taught to all students at a public school. In tiny pockets - *maybe*. If you live there and object, you homeschool, turn to private schools, or move. >slightly less plausible would be that a majority of a particular jury would sentence a black man to prison for dating a white woman. Inconceivable. >why, I dare to say that I could even find a jury where the bare majority would vote to prohibit the playing of classical guitar music in public places. ;-) I'd probably vote for that myself. >regarding your explanation of sentencing: i think all (or at least the bare majority) would agree that if true justice is anything, it is consistent. if we administered perfect justice, punishment (or restitution) would always be the same for a given injustice. No two crimes in the history of the world have been identical in all the particulars and circumstances. >In today's system, we've failed miserably. The understatement of the millenium. >unarchy, with its thousands of juries determing their own "level" of justice, would exacerbate the problem to the point where we would have achieved the antithesis of justice. What evidence do you have showing anyone, much less everyone, wants injustice to prevail? As always, thanks for putting my feet to the fire! ME: I put my Kumon experiences in a web page. It's far too sprawling to expect anyone to read much of it. The tie-in with Emily Yoffe's article is that I firmly believe adults - meaning parents and Kumon instructors - should subject themselves to the Kumon experience so they know what they're putting the kids through, among other reasons. That's not the tack that Emily took, but her article should make any reader wonder, "Gee, if it's that unpleasant for a motivated adult, what's it like for the kids???" THEE: Thanks again for coming. please come back and I'll come out to Douvres. I hope your visit to Maryland wasn't too "taxing." I saw today on the BBC web site that Charlotte Church is taking a leave of absence from the music business to work on her career as a TV host. Does that increase the value of your CD? I didn't send notification but BBC DJ Alan Freeman died Monday. Someone claimed that his early catchphrase "not arf!" is parodied by Johnny in "Sheik of Araby." THEE: >Also in the encyclopedia, in a title given in the references at the end of an article, they printed "O'Henry". I doubt that that really slipped through in the title of his biography. Can't say that I haven't started to type his name a few times with O'H. Guess it's many years of habit. >so I sprang for a 3-episode disk of the Beverly Hillbillies at the dollar store. My computer didn't know what to do with it. I went back and took another look at that line item above and saw that the "CD/DVD drive" was outfitted with a CD-ROM. No big deal; I just gave the dvd away. Most people could watch the Beverly Hillbillies on TV. As a matter of fact, I caught an episode of Leave it to Beaver this afternoon after coming home early and relaxing as I had some lunch. June went to help a relative who had just given birth, and Ward, apparently unable to take care of two boys on his own, consented to having Aunt Martha come to stay. This uppity Easterner immediately decided to change Beaver's image and took him shopping for what looked like a little British schoolboy's suit with shorts, knee-high socks, bowtie, and cap. You can imagine the fight he got in at school when she insisted he wear his new clothes. THEE: >>Oh, since I'm absent-minded, remind me to tell you about my latest eBay treasures. >Let me tell you about mine first. Actually it was half.com. It arrived today. It was Charlotte Church's 2nd album, which has about 5 or 6 opera cuts on it. It cost $.75 (plus $2.11 postage). Can you imagine, for my $.75, I got a nicely autographed cd booklet! Okay, my story is an anticlimax. In one purchase, I picked up two Vanguard double-LP ragtime sets by Max Morath, 1972 and 1976. They look and play like they've never been out of the jacket before. No autographs, though. :-( >Good day at the auction today - scavenged 4 albums that had one or more opera tracks per. Also scavenged the first Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain and "A Child's Garden of Verses" in a nice old (1945) Golden Book format, although it's not a Golden Book. Thought I needed the Twain for "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg", which I see is highly praised, although I see now I have it in another anthology of short stories by various authors. The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg is excellent. It was used for an episode in the American Short Story series years ago on PBS. Herman Munster played The Man. (Well, make that Fred Gwynne.) I haven't seen it for years, but I remember some catchy music as the townspeople started receiving letters. >I picked up 5 more gel cushions for $3, but guess what?, all 5 gel packs were safely removed and discarded right at the auction! They can't fool me a *fourth* time! Whose has the life-time supply of gel cushions. I don't think I've ever seen a one of 'em. We have that winter storm moving in that dumped two feet on ME: to trane: I would like to get rid of the gas furnace and go all electric. I am hoping a package heat pump will serve my needs. So far, the heating ccontractors I have contacted seem leery or completely unwilling, but have not made it clear to me why a package heat pump would not serve my needs. I have not been able to find published information showing exactly what a package heat pump can deliver. Please respond! THEE: subject musical strings I am making a medieval tromba marina and I am looking for a string for it. I have read a book that says I should have a 2.2mm string (it only has one). It will be tuned to the lowest C on a piano and it will be 4'8" (1400mm) long aprox. It will be played in harmonics. I am not sure what string to buy and all the ones I have looked at seem very very expensive. As this is experimental I do not want to pay out too much money on something that may not work and I want the best resonance I can get out of it. Please have you any thoughts on what size of string I should get, what it should be made out of and where I might get it from? THEE: Try this test. Smart Test Below are four (4) questions and a bonus question. You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time. Answer all of them immediately. OK? Let's find out just how clever you really are.... Ready? GO!!! First Question: You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are Absolutely Wrong! If you overtake the second person, you take his place, so you are second! Try not to screw up next time. Now, answer the second question, But don't take as much time as you took for the first one, OK? Second Question: If you overtake the last person, then you are...? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST Person? You're not very good at this, are you? Third Question: Very tricky arithmetic! Note: This must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it. Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000 . Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000 Now add 10. What is the total? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100. If you don't believe it, check it with a calculator! Today is definitely not your day, is it? Maybe you'll get the last question right.... ...Maybe. Fourth Question: Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Did you Answer Nunu? NO! Of course it isn't. Her name is Mary. Read the question again! Okay, now the bonus round: I may have sent this one before. I'm never sure. A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done. Next, a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair of Sunglasses; how does HE indicate what he wants? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ He just has to open his mouth and ask... It's really very simple.... Now how do you feel? ME: Hi Chuck, I blew the bonus question. :( Donald
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